Scott Pittman is having the time of his life as he reflects on his first three months in senior first-team football.
The midfielder has been a standout for Livingston these past few weeks and looks a seasoned pro despite being largely untried at this level having previously been on the books of Hamilton and Alloa as a teenager.
However, after being rewarded with his first start in last month’s 2-1 defeat by Hibs at Easter Road, the former Bo’ness United player, who was recruited by Livi during the January transfer window, hasn’t looked short in confidence as he mixes it with some of the Championship’s best.
The 22-year-old produced a superb display as he bossed the midfield in Livi’s recent 1-1 stalemate at Ibrox before scoring his first goal for the club in last weekend’s 4-0 Petrofac Training Cup demolition of the Wasps at McDiarmid Park – the Lions able to cast aside their league and off-field difficulties by winning their first cup since defeating Hibs 2-0 at Hampden in the CIS Cup final 11 years ago.
Pittman was always likely to be something of a gamble having been plucked from the juniors, but has so far he’s proved to have been a shrewd bit of business by boss Mark Burchill.
“A lot of the boys have been at the club for a few years or have at least played senior football for a couple of seasons,” Pittman told the Evening News. “But I’ve only been at this level for three months so to have won a cup already is a real privilege. I was delighted to get a goal as well but it was more important we got the win on Sunday so that was the main thing.
“I knew it would take me a while to get used to the full-time training and things like that, but I’m really enjoying playing in the side at the moment and feel that I am playing well.”
The former BUs and Broxburn Athletic star again shone in a midfield four alongside veteran Burton O’Brien in Wednesday night’s 2-1 victory over Falkirk, a win that has closed the gap to just three points on ninth-placed Alloa in the club’s ongoing fight against the drop.
Nonetheless, Pittman appreciates the importance of retaining their momentum as he prepares to face an in-form Cowdenbeath outfit tomorrow at Central Park.
“Obviously it was a massive win for us on Wednesday night,” he said. “We had six cup finals before the Falkirk game which is now down to five with Cowdenbeath away tomorrow. We’re just taking each game as it comes but that really was a huge three points against Falkirk.
“I’m not too sure about them [with the way Falkirk played] but we were just concentrating on ourselves. We’re playing well just now and we know if we keep playing like that then we are more than capable of getting the three points.
“Last Sunday was our first win in a while so that has given us that bit of confidence. There are some big games ahead with the sides we’re due to play but we’ve got a few home games which can hopefully stand us in our favour. We know the games against Rangers, Hibs and Queen of the South will be difficult but we showed recently with our performance against Rangers at Ibrox that we’re a match for anyone on our day. We’ve just got to keep that going over the next few games and try and get the points that will keep us in the league.”
Pittman, the son of former US international Steve and current Broxburn manager, says he was overwhelmed by the messages of support he received from his family and former Bo’ness team-mates in the aftermath of last weekend’s success.
“My dad was delighted for me and was really proud, especially with me getting a goal. I had a lot of my family up there so it was just a great day all round.
“I think a lot of the boys were watching the game on TV so I had a lot of texts from them after saying they were really pleased for me,” he added.