2017/18 Preview – Livingston

With David Hopkin’s side coming back up from the league below, it will be interesting to see how they get on. Here is my opinion on how their squad looks ahead of the Championship campaign kicking off on Saturday.

The goalkeeping situation seems to have been resolved with the signing of Neil Alexander; the shot-stopper will add experience and a winning mentality that can only aid the club this term. With back-up goalkeeper Gary Maley having limited Championship experience, Hopkin may look to add another goalie for cover and competition but I do not see this as an immediate concern.

The defence, in my opinion, is probably the weakest area of the squad to date. With the departure of experienced defender Sean Crighton, I think this area needs the most attention right now. With no new additions over the summer, Hopkin is maybe assessing his options, but, at present I would say a couple of full-back’s are probably the requirement for cover and competition. This would then aid the centre of defence too with players such as Craig Halkett able to adapt to both positions which would give Hopkin a flexibility of the right kind.

The midfield looks good with the experience of Scott Pittman, Raffaele De-Vita and Keaghan Jacobs while players such as Shaun Byrne and new recruit Ross Brown will add a creative side to the play as well as providing a good energy in the middle of the park. I do not see this area as needing any more work done to it, with possibly the only area needing an addition player out wide, depending on where Hopkin see’s De-Vita playing.

With Liam Buchanan departing, it was always going to be a difficult summer for the Lions to try and replace their prolific scorer. So far, they have added youth and depth to this pool of players and the striking options may not be of Championship experience but if they can adapt quickly, they can easily fire Livi into a good position in the league.

Overall, I think Livingston have a good squad which should have enough to avoid relegation. With the addition of a couple of strong defenders, I can see Livi having a mid-table finish come the end of the season.

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