Josh Mullin warns Livi that play-offs will be tough

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Having spent the first half of this season with League 1 outfit Albion Rovers, Livingston winger Josh Mullin says has no intention of making a swift return to Scottish football’s third tier.

The 23-year-old made 21 appearances for the Cliftonhill outfit this term before Livi boss David Hopkin lured him to West Lothian on the final day of the January transfer window.

The midfielder made his first start in more than a month in Tuesday night’s 1-0 victory over champions Rangers – Craig Halkett’s header on the stroke of half-time giving the Lions a great confidence boost ahead of Wednesday’s relegation play-off semi-final first leg.

Livi’s opponents will be confirmed after this weekend’s final round of matches with Stranraer currently in the driving seat to seal the final play-off spot.

However, both Airdrie and Mullin’s former side Albion have play-off aspirations of their own and could sneak in with a win if Stranraer fail to take all three points at home to Cowdenbeath.

But Mullin, who is hoping to get the nod again for tomorrow’s visit of Raith Rovers, is determined to see off whoever Livi come up against.

“I played half a season in League 1 and I know it’s the league below ourselves but I’ve been stressing to the boys it’s not as easy as you think,” he said. “None of them think it’s going to be easy but we have to have that mindset as I know what the teams are like in that division and they’ll be very hungry to move up to the Championship next year.

“But It’s my job to keep Livingston in the division so obviously I want us to come out on top. If it is Albion we face I won’t allow my feelings to get the better of me. They have got a great hardworking side but I’m confident we could get through against them. But we’ve got to focus on Raith Rovers first tomorrow.”

Mullin appreciates the magnitude of Tuesday’s win over Rangers and singled out praise for teenager Matthew Knox who supplied the cross for Halkett to head home the winner.

“It was a great result and gives the boys a lot of confidence,” he said. “I thought Rangers ran out of ideas if I’m being honest. I have no doubt if Knoxy keeps going the way he is then he’s going to be top class. He’s not scared and gets in about it. What a real talent he is.”