Jason Talbot: Livi can hit heights

Jason Talbot in Livingston's new away kit

Jason Talbot in Livingston's new away kit

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JASON TALBOT is relishing his new role as Livingston vice-captain – and reckons the Lions can still aim for the top end of the league this season.

Despite picking up one point from their first three games, the full-back says the players are feeling positive about their chances over the course of the season.

“It’s been good,” Talbot said. “I’ve liked the responsibility I’ve been given by the management team. I’ve been at the club six years and it’s a great achievement to be made vice-captain. It’s nice to feel appreciated.

“With it being such a young team I think that can help us. I think we’ve got bag of energy and most of the injuries we’ve got are coming back. Keaghan [Jacobs] was back in reserve action this week and hopefully him and Burton O’Brien will be ready after the international break. And Stefan [Scougall] too.

“I think anything we want to put our minds to is there for the taking, especially with this new system in place. I know it’s weighted to favour one of the Premiership teams from not going down, but personally I think we’re capable of going for promotion – whether through the play-offs or otherwise.

“We’ve had that discussion in the changing room and I think there’s no one we need to be scared of in this league. We’ve got experience mixed with youth and it’s fair game as far as I’m concerned.”

Last weekend saw a disappointing 3-0 loss to Falkirk, but the left back says the players are keen to put putting things right at Dundee this evening.

“I don’t think we started off too great last week, but we matched them for half an hour nonetheless,” said Talbot.

“It seemed like as soon as they scored we seemed to drop it and that was disappointing. All the players know that and I think we went some way to rectifying that on Tuesday.

“It’s been the same as every other week – focusing on ourselves and what we need to do.”