Scott set for second Livi debut as Burke hails ‘real coup’

Martin Scott. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Martin Scott. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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Former Hibs star Martin Scott was today poised to make his debut second time around for Livingston after negotiating his release from his Easter Road contract.

The 27-year-old made an £80,000 move from Ross County to Hibs in January 2011 but was at the centre of controversy only months later when a training-ground altercation left team-mate Sean Welsh nursing a fractured cheekbone.

Having signed for Colin Calderwood, Scott made only fleeting appearances under the ex-Scotland defender’s successor Pat Fenlon and spent last season on loan back in Dingwall but made just 16 appearances for the Staggies.

With no future under Fenlon, Scott, nicknamed “Jimmy”, has signed a one-year deal with the West Lothian club and was in line to face Berwick Rangers in today’s Ramsden Cup first round at Shielfield Park.

He said: “I was 19 years old when I was last at Livingston, but I’ll be one of the more experienced boys now and hopefully I can help bring the youngsters on. Having trained with the squad on Thursday, I was able to see for myself that there are plenty of talented players here.”

Livingston boss Richie Burke insisted the capture of Scott was a “real coup”, saying: “Jimmy is a local boy with a connection to the club and we’re delighted to get him in at this late stage because he’s a quality player who will improve our squad.

“After hearing he was available and keen to come in, it would have been foolish for us to miss out.”