Livi boss looking to remain unbeaten by Doonhamers

John McGlynn is a fan of cup competition
John McGlynn is a fan of cup competition
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John McGlynn admits Livingston and Queen of the South will “know each other inside out” as they prepare to clash for the third time this month in the second round of the League Cup tonight.

The Championship rivals were paired together in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup on July 26 in Dumfries, the Lions taking the spoils after a superb 4-3 victory in a match settled by extra-time.

Livi then made the long journey south again at the weekend for their league encounter with the Doonhamers – the visitors restoring parity in a 1-1 draw with Jordan White’s second-half penalty earning a well-deserved point.

Tonight, however, Jim McIntyre and his Queen of the South players will arrive at the Energy Assets Arena looking for their first win over the West Lothian outfit – a statistic Livi boss McGlynn is hoping remains intact by close of play this evening.

“This will be our third match with Queen of the South in a very short space of time so we know each other inside out,” McGlynn pointed out. “This will be another very close game but they haven’t beaten us in the previous two meetings so if we can say that again at 10pm tonight then we could be in the next round of the cup.

“We are trying to get through in all the cups and although it’s a lot of games at this moment in time, as far as football players are concerned, they’d far rather be out on the park. We’re delighted to be in the cups so it would be great to get through to the next round.”

Last midweek’s 4-1 triumph over Hearts in the Petrofac Training Cup has seen Livingston rewarded with a quarter-final tie away to Peterhead on September 6.

McGlynn said: “It’s a journey right enough as we would have obviously preferred a home draw. I’ve had a look at them once already this season so we’ll do that again. They’ve got quite a big presence as they have just signed Mark Millar who was a good player for Falkirk last year so they’ve got a reasonably experienced squad.

“It will be a test for us that’s for sure but at the same time we are now getting down to the nitty gritty being at the quarter-finals stage so it would be great for us to seal a semi-final spot.”