Livi midfielder Robertson puts injury hell aside

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DAVID ROBERTSON wants to kick-start his career with Livingston after a frustrating couple of years on the sidelines due to injury.

The 27-year-old midfielder has moved to the Energy Assests Arena after leaving Morton this summer, ending a short stint with the Greenock club following their relegation in May.

But it was at Dundee United, almost eight years ago, where Robertson announced himself on the big stage, earning himself a Scotland Under-21 cap and a new two-year deal at Tannadice the following year. But after moving to St Johnstone in 2011, a broken leg sustained against Hibs in November 2012 brought his career to a halt.

However, Robertson is keen to leave such misfortune in the past and focus on his immediate future in West Lothian.

“I’ve not had a good time of it the last couple of years,” Robertson agreed, “but playing the 16 games with Morton has made a big difference, so hopefully this season I can get back playing. On a personal note I just want to get back to the highest level I can and scoring goals again because there’s nothing worse than being injured when you’re a footballer – it’s been a frustrating time.

“I’ve now got a pre-season under my belt, which is a big thing in the game – I think this has been my first in about three years.”

Robertson, pictured, made an instant impression in scoring the winner on his competitive debut in last weekend’s 4-3 triumph after extra time over Queen of the South in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup. Albion Rovers are the opposition at Cliftonhill tomorrow in the first round of the Communities League Cup and Robertson is hoping for a repeat performance – albeit in more comfortable circumstances this time round.

He said: “You couldn’t have asked for a better start for myself or the team for that matter, I think we showed that we’ve got some character to come back from being two down. You can’t work on that, you’ve either got it or you haven’t. No matter who we play, if we show the right attitude then we’ll do alright. We’re confident going to Albion but we won’t be taking it lightly as they got a really good result last Saturday.”

Former Hibs keeper Paul Grant is in line for his debut after signing a six-month deal.