Livingston have narrowed the search for Paul Lambert’s successor down to half a dozen names and expect to have their new man in place for Saturday’s visit to Kilmarnock.

Craig Brown, the former Scotland manager who is now working with Fulham, is reported to have expressed interest in the vacant post

Others linked to the vacancy are John Robertson, the former Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Hearts manager, Bobby Williamson and Gordon Chisholm, the sacked Dundee United manager.

The Almondvale club are eager to appoint a successor as soon as possible with every point critical between now and the end of the

“We had a board meeting today and came up with a shortlist from more than 20 applications. Over the next two or three days we will pick somebody and we hope to have them in place for the game on Saturday,” confirmed Pearse Flynn, the club’s chairman.