Shaun Byrne is looking no further than consolidation as he and his Livingston team-mates kicked off their return to the Scottish Championship on Saturday against Dunfermline.
Speaking on Wednesday, Byrne said:
“We just want to look after ourselves and see what we can do. Our main aim this year has got to be staying up: we are a newly promoted side – we have been tipped by many to struggle down near the bottom this year so if we can stay up, it’ll have been a successful campaign. You look at clubs like Morton who have came up and done really well, maybe we can replicate that over the next couple of years but all our focus right now is on this season and avoiding relegation.”
Looking back on the BetFred Cup campaign, the midfielder from Kennoway analysed it by saying:
“When you looked at it, there was three full-time teams in our group if you include ourselves – it was one of the hardest draws we could have got. Even going away down to Stranraer, I don’t think any team would find that easy at all. They gave us a really tough game; we were really good against Partick. We showed a different side to our game against St Mirren as they had us pegged in for long spells and then we had a good win against Airdrieonians.”
Does the underdogs tag suit Livi?
“A lot of teams are experienced sides who have been in this division for years so they will certainly start out as favourites in their matches against us,” says Byrne. “There are a lot of boys in our dressing room who have never experienced the Championship before but, at the end of the day, it is 11 versus 11 and anything can happen. No matter who we play, we are going to try win every match and see where that takes us.”
Byrne has had experience of playing in the Championship before, with Dunfermline.
“I have played a few games at this level already in my career, but probably not anywhere near the amount of games other guys have had that I will be coming up against. I believe I am good enough to be playing in the Championship and I have every faith in the other lads around me to be able to step up to the plate, too, as we have a lot of good players at Livingston.”