Dundee boss John Brown has wielded the axe to his playing squad as the club prepare for life in the First Division.
The manager’s budget for next season is set to be slashed and he will not be offering new deals to goalkeeper Steve Simonsen, Mark Kerr, Andy Barrowman, Colin Nish, Graham Webster, Steven Milne, Jamie McCluskey, Mark Stewart or Neil McGregor.
The big surprise is that Brian Easton has also not been given the chance to extend his stay although the former Hamilton and Burnley defender has been linked with a host of clubs including St Johnstone.
Lewis Toshney’s loan spell at Dundee has ended and he has now returned to parent club Celtic.
Brown has tabled offers to 14 players Gary Harkins, Jim McAlister, Nicky Riley, Iain Davidson, Matt Lockwood, Ryan Conroy, Kyle Benedictus, Carl Finnigan, Kevin McBride, John Baird and Gary Irvine as well as youngsters John Gibson, Jamie Reid and James Thomson and now awaits their answers on whether they wish to remain with the Dark Blues.
Whoever does accept will return to Dens Park with those already on long-term deals Martin Boyle, Declan Gallagher, Leighton McIntosh and Stephen O’Donnell.