Martin Scott could be forgiven for being left with a tinge of sadness over former side Livingston’s on-going saga.
The midfielder reluctantly departed the Energy Assests Arena in the summer after a second spell with his hometown club – retaining a close affection for the Lions despite joining Championship rivals Raith Rovers in June.
Whilst the Kirkcaldy outfit have performed admirably, sitting midtable and among the teams in hot pursuit of a promotional play-off spot, Livi, on the contrary, have seen their own promising start implode right before their own eyes.
Without a league win since September, John McGlynn’s side’s woes deepened when they were deducted five points last week for defaulting on tax payments. Such an infringement, coupled with the club’s narrow defeat to fellow strugglers Cowdenbeath almost two weeks ago, has left the Lions seven points adrift of safety at the foot of the table.
However, as Scott prepares to line-up against his former employers at Stark’s Park tomorrow, the 28-year-old admitted he has been left rather humbled by the club’s current demise.
“It was really sad to see them being deducted points,” Scott, who also spent two seasons at Easter Road, said. “I didn’t leave the club on bad terms and I have spent quite a bit of my career there. Last year was a good season for myself personally and it was other circumstances was the only reason I left.
“I was happy there. I’m from Livingston, I still live in Livingston but I think things behind the scenes with the budget meant I couldn’t stay. I got the opportunity to go to Raith Rovers and the gaffer has been great since I’ve been there.
“But I think on the pitch Livi have got a decent enough squad for the Championship and they’ve probably just been a bit unfortunate in some of the games. I definitely think they’ve got enough to turn the corner and at least the play-off spot.”
Far from the ideal situation prior to a busy festive period, Scott, also known as “Jimmy”, was forthcoming with a glowing endorsement to the man charged with alleviating those relegation fears. “John works so hard,” Scott said. “People probably won’t believe how much effort he puts in with the video analysis and the other things he does.
“If anyone is in the right position now to be in charge there with what’s happening then it’s John McGlynn.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for John. He wished me all the best for the future and has dropped me a text this season. I occasionally speak to Mark Burchill as well and one or two of the boys so they’re a good bunch there.”
McGlynn would have been cursing his former midfielder the last time the teams clashed in September – Rovers emerging from West Lothian with the points in the bag after a 1-0 win – Scott, of all people, with the only goal of the game.
“I scored the winner and was perhaps a bit more over exuberant with my celebrations,” Scott admitted. “But it was nothing against the fans or anybody at the club, I was basically just saying I was good enough to still have been playing there and that I merited a contract. I think they knew that as well.”
Raith have been far from convincing themselves on their own patch, just two victories in front of their own supporters this season, and Scott added: “For one reason or another, there seems to be a bit anxiety when the team plays at home. We definitely perform better when we’re on our travels, but that has to change.
“We’ve still got a lot to improve on but we’re in a good position in the league.
“If we can get that momentum back like we did at the start of the season then hopefully we can pick over the Christmas period.”