Had Scott Pittman not been plucked from Junior football by Livingston in January, the midfielder would have been strutting his stuff in the first round of the Fife and Lothians Cup away to Oakley last Saturday.
But, after being rewarded with his second start by manager Mark Burchill since making the switch to senior football, the former Bo’ness United star turned in a man-of-the-match performance to earn struggling Livi a well-deserved point in front of more than 35,000 at Ibrox.
After making just a handful of appearances from the substitutes’ bench since putting pen to paper on an 18-month deal, the 22-year-old made his first start in the 2-1 defeat to Hibs last Wednesday.
He certainly didn’t look out of place against either side and even provided the assist for team-mate Ibra Sekajja to notch the Lions’ equaliser against Stuart McCall’s men right on the stroke of halftime.
“He [Burchill] has shown a lot of faith in bringing me in from junior football and being given a start at Easter Road and then Ibrox so hopefully my performances can repay him,” Pittman explained. “When I first came in I was just getting on the bench, but now that I’m starting, I feel I’ve settled in quite well.
“It’s been quite a change for me. It was a great experience in what was only my second start in senior football. I really enjoyed it and it was much better that we managed to get a decent result.”
Indeed, Burchill himself was quick to acknowledge the influence his midfielder had in earning his side a valuable point in their battle against relegation – a point that leaves them five adrift of Alloa and six behind Cowdenbeath at the bottom of the Championship.
“You’re not used to playing in front of such big crowds so there were some nerves beforehand,” Pittman admitted. “I supported Rangers as a kid as well, so I’ve been to Ibrox a few times. But once the game kicked-off, the adrenalin kicked in and I just played my own game. The manager had said to us before the match that if we could contain them then the crowd would get on their backs and that’s exactly what happened.
“We think it could be a massive point and really help us in the run-in. I think we’ve showed in our performances we’ve got a lot of fight left in us and we’re not down yet.”