Boulding: I could have been Alloa player

Rory Boulding was Livingston's saviour at Alloa. Pic: SNS

Rory Boulding was Livingston's saviour at Alloa. Pic: SNS

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Livingston striker Rory Boulding revealed he could have been turning out for Alloa against the Lions on Saturday had he put pen to paper on a deal last summer.

After coming on as a substitute to notch the equaliser in the weekend’s 2-2 draw with the Wasps, the former Dundee United frontman admitted he was on the verge of signing for Livi’s relegation rivals before finally opting for Championship rivals Falkirk.

Boulding, who is now in his second spell with the West Lothian outfit having played in 2011, said: “Barry Smith [Alloa’s former manager] wanted to sign me at the start of the season, but Falkirk gave me a better offer and it was obviously full-time training where as Alloa was only part-time, but I would have liked to have gone there.”

The Englishman’s last goal prior to Saturday’s effort was just short of two years ago when he struck in injury time to seal a 1-0 win over Aberdeen that secured Dundee United’s place in the top six. However, Injury has deprived the 26-year-old of much game-time since then.

“I had a hip operation which was fairly major so I was out for the whole year and just doing rehab,” he said. “I got back playing at the start of the season with Falkirk but there was no opportunity coming there under Peter Houston. But in saying that, he did give me the chance to go in and get fit. Since January, though, I’ve been looking to get going again so it was great to get a goal on Saturday.”

Boulding conceded there was a rather downbeat dressing room after Saturday’s stalemate left Livi still five points adrift at the foot of the Championship.

“There was a feeling of disappointment afterwards,” he admitted. “Everyone’s frustrated because you can see we’ve got a decent team. We’re in a situation that is maybe a bit false for the quality we have. We should have won the game, but we’re still in the hunt. We went into the game with mindset of taking three points and nothing else, but it could end up being a vital point.”