LIVINGSTON have announced that 13 players have departed the Tony Macaroni Stadium following the conclusion of the Premiership season.

Four first-team players - Ciaron Brown, Djibril Diani, Robby McCrorie and Julien Serrano - have returned to their parent clubs after their loan deals expired.

Efe Ambrose, Raffaele De Vita, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Steve Lawson, Alan Lithgow, Scott Robinson, Ross Stewart and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair have all been released from the West Lothian club.

Scott Tiffoney, the winger who fired Partick Thistle to the League One title after spending the second half of the season on loan at Firhill, has also been released - although terms have been offered to the 22-year-old, meaning any potential suitor would have to fork over training compensation.

Additionally, centre-back Jon Guthrie has been transfer listed by the Lions. The defender submitted a request, citing "family reasons", that the club have granted.

Livingston manager David Martindale told the club's website: “I would just like to go on record thanking every single player listed above.

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"It’s been an incredibly hard season and one that has put us all under extra pressures on and off the park. This has ultimately led to myself and my staff having to make incredibly hard decisions without allowing emotion or sentiment to play a part.

“All players listed above have played a role in the development and progress of the club over the past seasons. Every player has contributed to that success in their own way and will leave with their own memories and I hope they feel proud of the success that they have brought to Livingston FC.

 “I feel I have to single out our former club captain Alan Lithgow who has been with the club since our League 1 campaign. He has been huge for this club over the years and I know I speak for everyone in thanking Alan for everything he has done for the club.

"From a personal point of view it’s with genuine sadness, in all honesty, that Alan’s career at Livingston has come to an end but I do know he will go onto be a fantastic leader and player wherever he chooses to continue his career – I’m sure he won’t be short of offers.

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 “By singling out Alan, I mean that with no disrespect to any other players listed above as there are some big names there who have been fantastic for the club over the years. Thank you from everyone at the club and every player will always be welcome back at the Tony Macaroni Arena whenever they can make it back for a game or visit.

 “As much as it has been an extremely hard season and one like no other, it has also been very successful. We have managed to finish 6th in the Premiership with the 2nd-highest top-flight points total for any Livingston FC team and managed to get to a national cup final.

“Whether your name is listed or above or not, every-one of the lads, staff included, this season have been incredible and I think most will agree it has been a fantastic season on reflection.”