LIVINGSTON manager Ray Stewart is expected to sign a new deal today to stay with the first division newcomers.

That will end speculation over Stewart's future after he guided them to the second division title.

Livingston owner Dominic Keane said yesterday: ''Ray has been offered a contract, but has been taking a well-earned rest over the past few days. He will be back in tomorrow.''

The second division cham-pions were also delighted to announce another big pre-season match, playing hosts to Ruud Gullit's Newcastle on July 20 at Almondvale.

The likes of Alan Shearer and Duncan Fergsuon are sure to be included in Gullit's side, as he experiments for the start of next season's Premiership campaign.

Dick Advocaat's Rangers are also set to visit West Lothian to fine tune their plans for the Champions' League.

q AIRDRIE have signed Austin McCann on a new two-year


Manager Gary Mackay sealed the deal yesterday and said: ''We are delighted to have Austin sign another package with us and Allan Moore seems quite happy with the one-year deal on offer

to him.

''Allan will let us know in the next few days or so about his decision, and we are also close to agreeing three-year contracts with David McGuire and Stephen McKeown.''

McCann had been targeted by English and Scottish clubs after an impressive season with the


Mackay also revealed that talks are on-going with out-of-contract players Marvyn Wilson, Anthony Smith and Stuart Easton.

Meanwhile, he hammered reports linking St Johnstone with Wilson.

He said: ''That's nonsense. Sandy Clark and I go back a long way with Hearts and if there was anything going to happen I would have heard. This story seems to have come from an agent and there is nothing in it whatsoever.''

q MORTON yesterday won the chase to sign experienced defender Andy Millen, of Ayr United.

Ayr manager Gordon Dalziel had attempted to hold on to the 33-year-old, who had been helping coach the youth squad at

Somerset Park in the past season.

Millen agreed a two-year deal with Morton after talks with manager Billy Stark and said: ''I am delighted to come to

Greenock, for in talks with everyone at the club, I have been struck by the ambition to do well both on and off the field.''

q FALKIRK last night insisted that they were pushing ahead with their stadium plans - despite East Stirlingshire jumping ship.

The Firs Park club announced this week they were scrapping an agreement with Falkirk to groundshare with Stenhousemuir.