Livingston’s Gary Glen admits he and his team-mates must shoulder some of the blame for the sacking of former manager Mark Burchill.
The ex-Hearts striker was instrumental in the Lions’ 4-1 weekend win over St Mirren, providing assists for Livi’s first and second goals before sealing an excellent all-round performance with a scintillating 25-yard free-kick that flew into the top left corner for the third.
David Hopkin has been put in temporary charge of the team and will lead his side to face title-chasing Falkirk tonight buoyed by Saturday’s triumph in Paisley.
But Glen says the squad have been left disappointed by the dismissal of former Celtic striker Burchill last Monday which, he admits, came totally out of the blue.
“At the end of the day, he got the sack but that was because the players haven’t been performing,” the 25-year-old said. “We’ve got to take some of the blame for that. It was really disappointing and surprising to see Mark lose his job so we were all on a bit of a downer last week.
“But we’ve got to pick ourselves up. He wouldn’t want us going into games downbeat so we need to be optimistic and look forward to every game.
“It’s a real shame because we’ve been playing well but the results never came our way which is why the gaffer was sacked. We believe we shouldn’t be in the position that we’re in.”
Glen, however, praised the impact of Hopkin. He said: “The couple of days that Hoppy has been in charge have been good,” he said. “We’ve worked on a couple of different formations so it paid off on Saturday against St Mirren. We were delighted to get the three points so hopefully there’s more to come.”
Meanwhile, Livi are in negotiations with Dundee United over extending goalkeeper Marc McCallum’s loan spell. The 22-year-old’s three-month stay ended after the game at St Mirren but Hopkin is hopeful McCallum will return to the club in time for Saturday’s visit of Queen of the South. Darren Jamieson is expected to start in goal at the Falkirk Stadium tonight.