Livingston midfielder Shaun Byrne admits that Livi have began their return to Premiership with good form, but, insists that he and this team-mates know they have much tougher tasks ahead of them, starting on Sunday against Rangers.
Byrne admits that the Lions have “started the season really well” despite the upheaval of in the dugout for the second time in a matter of months.
“We have picked up a decent amount of points so far, but, it is just about taking it one game at a time, for us. We just need to try and accumulate as many points as we can by the end of the season – we have held our own against some very good teams in this league already and that has given the whole squad confidence. We have made a good start and I feel that is because we are all hard-working as a group, whether it be the players or the management staff, we give 100% every day to try and improve. We just need to keep our feet on the ground, keep working hard and hopefully come the end of the season, we have done enough to stay up.
It is a dream come true to be playing in the Scottish Premiership and I am lucky enough to be doing it with this squad and this club, who I have had a brilliant 2 years with already. Everyone is buzzing to be in the top-league and we will continue working hard to ensure that we stay there, as well. It has been great working under the new manager, so far: everyone is loving his tenure so far and you can see that with the results on the park. He has brought fresh ideas to the table and they have worked so far.”
With both sides sitting on 11 points after 6 matches, it looks set to be a classic at The Tony Macaroni Arena come lunchtime on Sunday.
“Both teams have been doing really well at the beginning of the league campaign, but, Rangers will be going into this game as massive favourites and rightly so, too. We have a game-plan, so, hopefully we can make it a difficult afternoon for them and we can pick up a positive result in the process. Steven Gerrard has got them playing really well and they have started the season full of confidence, which has been emphasised by their results in the Europa League, so, all the pressure is on them.”
For Byrne personally, he is loving life in West Lothian and is thriving in the top-tier of Scottish football.
“I love playing for this club alongside my team-mates – you couldn’t ask for a better changing-room: everyone is in this together and we all fight for one another. My only goal this season is to keep playing matches, improving as a player and helping Livi pick up as many points as we can. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Livingston and once again, the fans have been excellent this campaign. They will be outnumbered on Sunday, but, hopefully they can get behind the team as they always do and cheer us on; the players really appreciate their backing.”