Livingston boss David Hopkin desperate to keep 26-goal striker Liam Buchanan for Championship return

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Livingston manager David Hopkin admits he is desperate to have Liam Buchanan spearheading the Lions’ return to the Championship after offering a new contract to the 26-goal striker.

With the West Lothian club have already been crowned League One champions, Hopkin has turned his attention to building a squad for their immediate return to the second tier.

Former Rangers trainee Craig Halkett put pen to paper on a new one-year deal last week and former Scotland internationalist Hopkin is now keen to prolong 32-year-old Buchanan’s contract.

Hopkin said: “With the season Liam’s had, he’s been phenomenal – he’s been absolutely magnificent.

“He’s scored 26 goals and he’s the top league scorer in Scotland, we’ve spoken to Liam and it’s up to him what he wants to do.

“There’s not many goal scorers in Scotland and I’m desperate to keep him. We’ll be speaking to him over the next few weeks and hopefully we can get something finalised.

“There’s been contracts offered to the older players and that’s something when we get a budget that we’ll need to see where we are.

“Craig has already re-signed and I think he’s probably been the best defender in League One this season.

“He played at right back then we moved him into a sweeper role and he’s been phenomenal. It was important we got him signed up.”

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