League champions Instant-Dict have criticised the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) for apparent conflicts in the rules governing the registration of players from the mainland. First Division clubs are allowed to register three mainland players in the new season, while newly promoted side Sai Kung Friends are allowed to register up to five mainlanders. A circular has been issued by the HKFA listing the registration criteria of the mainland players following inquiries and confusion among club officials over the definition of those players. It states that mainland Chinese players must possess an international clearance issued by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) when they register with the HKFA. Instant-Dict executive director Ken Ng said the rule went against the original aim for signing mainland players. 'We need to import players from the mainland because there are not enough local Chinese,' said Ng. 'But the new rule bars players who were born in China but live outside the country from registering as mainland players. 'I don't see how the rule will benefit the game.' Ng said the rule might force Instant-Dict to send their newly signed right-winger, Hu Jianfeng, to China to register with a mainland club so that he can get international clearance issued by the CFA. Hu, 30, was once a Guangdong provincial team player. He emigrated to Canada a few years ago. Hu has played in Hong Kong - as a foreigner - for Happy Valley, Frankwell, Eastern and Yee Hope. 'We don't want to register him as a foreign player because we've already got three expats and another one is coming,' Ng said. 'We will try various ways to sort things out. We may even send Hu to China so that he can register with a Second Division club there and get the international clearance from the CFA. However, this may take some time. If Hu still can't register here as a mainland player, we may have to go on without him.' Meanwhile, the defending league champions play Celtic's reserves in a friendly game tonight in Glasgow as part of their pre-season warmup.