Livingston sign four players

Mark Burchill

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Livingston boss Mark Burchill insists he won’t be rushed into making new signings despite having just seven first-team players registered.

He signed Craig Sives, Darren Cole, Danny Mullen and Gary Glen on new deals yesterday after the club’s transfer embargo was lifted on Tuesday following former majority shareholder Neil Rankine’s decision to relinquish his shares to Gordon Ford.

However, despite Burchill and his threadbare squad due back for pre-season training on Monday, the 34-year-old says the players he does bring in must fit his vision.

“I’m hoping for a few others over the next few days to come in but we’ll need to wait and see,” he explained. “There are a lot of players out there and a lot I am thinking about but it’s about making sure I get the right ones in. I’ve got my targets as probably every manager in the league has but it’s all about timing and putting the right deal in place.

“It’s been frustrating the last few weeks but now I can finally sit down and start making proper offers to players.

“Even if I was offering things a couple of weeks ago, it [the transfer embargo] was still up in the air so I’m just pleased it’s official now.”

One player who won’t be there next season is defender Callum Fordyce who this week signed for League one outfit Dunfermline and Burchill said: “I had offered him a contract but he decided to go elsewhere. I think it shows just where Livingston are that we can’t compete with the wages Dunfermline are paying – simple as that. When you’ve got a club in a lower division who are outbidding you with players then you just need to get on with it.”