Speaking after Monday evening’s 1-0 defeat at home to Dundee, ex-Livingston manager Gary Bollan is pleased with the shape his side find themselves in as they edge ever closer to the BetFred Cup group stages, which will see them kick-off against Raith Rovers at Locality Hub Bayview Stadium next Saturday.
“It was a good work-out; our fitness levels look good having played against really good opposition, so, it was a really good night for us. I thought the boys performed admirably as well: it was a very good exercise for us.
We had a few good chances – Kris Renton probably should have scored while Ryan [Goodfellow] made a few good saves and that is what we have brought him in to do. We didn’t have anyone who can go and do that (challenge David McGurn for the number 1 spot), but, this year we do, so, we are looking stronger. It was hard for our lads as they had been out working all day and wouldn’t have got finished til 5 o’clock whereas Dundee could change their whole team over and with 11 fresh faces on, it makes it even more difficult, so, I am really, really, pleased of the lads tonight.”
Having brought in over a dozen players this close-season, the Central Park squad looks stronger – especially with the recent addition of Jason Talbot.
“He has signed up tonight for the season ahead, as well. He is another great addition for us. I am delighted with the guys we have brought in and I am sure over the course of the season, they will all show they have been worthwhile additions for us.
Jason is an experienced left full-back and, in my eyes, he is a Championship level player. To get him in is fantastic as he will be a great addition to our squad. We are probably about done now: that is a squad of around 18 so our business will be over for now; we are ready to go as we identified players early doors and got the majority of our work done quickly. We will get them back in on Thursday night and train well as a settled group.”
Asked what targets he has set at present, Gary responded:
“None at the moment – apart from making sure we don’t have a similar one as to what we had last campaign. Anything above that will be a bonus! We have good players in there so we will just see how we fare over the course of the season.
The lads will get another run-out [on Saturday away to Kelty Hearts], which will do them good fitness—wise. Results in these matches don’t matter, it is about getting distance and minutes into the guys’ legs and they are doing that. The team will probably be changed again on Saturday to get game-time in to the whole squad so we are well equipped to go ahead of the first cup-tie.”