John McGlynn braced for difficult Livingston test at Queens

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Livingston manager John McGlynn takes his Livingston troops to Dumfries tomorrow for their Petrofac Training Cup first-round clash with Championship rivals Queen of the South.

The Lions have performed well during pre-season, their most emphatic victory coming on Tuesday night when they romped to a 5-1 victory over David Bingham’s Preston Athletic.

However, it is the manner in which they have gone about their business that has been the most pleasing.

McGlynn said: “I’m happy with the way things have gone so far. We haven’t lost too many goals and I’m pleased with the fitness and attitude and how they’ve gelled together, so I just hope we can continue that.

“Queens away is a difficult tie but it is also a tricky one for them, too, as we can cause them some problems.”

McGlynn revealed he is edging closer to finding his preferred starting XI when the Championship gets under way in two weeks against Hibs at Easter Road, but he disclosed former Hibs defender Brad Donaldson has been suffering from septicaemia since the Dunfermline match on July 12.

“I’m very pleased with how the new guys have come in and performed,” he said, “but I’m disappointed for Brad as he was in hospital for a week and is still going in for intravenous drips, so that has been a setback. I’m gutted for the boy.

“He’s getting over it though and we won’t rush him back too early, but he’s a lot better.”