Finding the right recipe at Tony Macaroni is the key for Livingston

Livingston player manager Kenny Miller
Livingston player manager Kenny Miller
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Livingston player-manager Kenny Miller believes their home form will be the key to their survival hopes as the Tony Macaroni Arena prepares to host its first top-flight game in 12 years.

Livi were handed the toughest of assignments on their Ladbrokes Premiership return when they were paired with champions Celtic in Glasgow on the opening day.

Miller was pleased with how his players stuck to their task in a 3-1 defeat but today’s visit of Kilmarnock offers a far more realistic prospect of getting off the mark in terms of points.

Livingston’s double promotion was built on the back of impressive home form but they have now installed a new artificial pitch.

And, after playing their home Betfred Cup group games at Linlithgow Rose’s ground, today gives the club a chance to promote the return of top-flight football to West Lothian.

Miller said: “Our season is not going to be defined by whether we can win at Parkhead or not, it will be these games at home, any game at home really, but particularly against teams that are going to be around us,” he said.

“It will be a tough game, for three-quarters of a season Kilmarnock were absolutely outstanding under Steve Clarke.

“We’ve had a good week’s work on the pitch, the lads have been really looking forward to getting on it. It’s the surface we are going to be playing on so we are going to become more familiar with it.

“Everybody is looking forward to it. Hopefully the fans turn out and support us and we give them a performance they deserve.”

Miller, who is looking to get at least one more new signing, was delighted with his players’ work ethic at Celtic Park and he believes a similar approach off the park can help the club continue to grow.

“The club is always looking to connect with the community and it was something that was maybe missing for a few years,” the former Rangers striker said.

“The club are trying to get as many fans through the gate as possible. There is a real family feel here, everyone mucks in together. The staff and people about the building are excellent people who are working so hard for the club.”