Dons boss urges Craig to stay

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Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood has urged Craig Brewster to keep playing despite being linked with a return to management with Livingston.

Dons manager Calderwood has offered Brewster a new one-year deal at Pittodrie but the 40-year-old former Dundee United player-boss could be tempted back to management after the role at Almondvale became available following the departure of John Robertson last Sunday.

Calderwood expects Brewster to give him an answer and confirm his future plans over the next week.

"It doesn't surprise me that Craig has been linked with the Livi job because he'd do a good job for any team," Calderwood told the Daily Record.

"He did very well at Inverness and while things didn't work out at Dundee United he wasn't fit enough to contribute on the field.

"If he opts to play on another season then he'd be an attractive option for an ambitious club given his experience.

"There's certainly no way we would stand in his way if such an opportunity came along.

"Once you've been in management you want to experience it again and I'm sure Brew will get another chance and make the most of it.

"I hope he decides to play on for another season at Aberdeen because he's still very fit and has done well since arriving in January.

"But he won't get until the end of the season to make up his mind. We have to draw up plans for next season so we need to know who will still be here."

Meanwhile former Hearts boss Graham Rix has confirmed he has applied for the position at the Division One side.

Rix is keen to get back into football after being axed by the Jambos last March.

"I'm interested in the Livingston job and I've applied for it so fingers-crossed," Rix said.

Former Motherwell manager Terry Butcher, Clyde boss Joe Miller and ex-Kilmarnock chief Bobby Williamson are also in the running for the role, with Livingston receiving just over a dozen applications for the position, which they will shortlist later this week.