Livi emergency goalie keeps place for trip to Sons

Livingston manager Mark Burchill
Livingston manager Mark Burchill
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Livingston boss Mark Burchill says new goalkeeper Marc McCallum will retain his place in the team for this weekend’s trip to Dumbarton.

The 22-year-old made his debut for Livi in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Alloa, just 24 hours after signing on loan from Premiership outfit Dundee United.

First-choice goalkeeper Darren Jamieson had been struggling with a thigh strain in the run up to the game and Burchill didn’t feel he was fit to play.

“Darren had a wee bit of an injury last week and I felt it was better for a change,” Burchill explained. “I felt he wasn’t feeling confident about the injury himself so he didn’t train last Thursday which meant I had to get another goalkeeper in. I felt that Marc was what we needed at the back, a big talker and he came in and was fantastic.

“Marc McCallum is in the jersey now but Darren will be wanting to get himself 100 per cent fit and then we go from there. DJ has always been my No.1 but Marc played well.”

Burchill is delighted to be off the bottom of the Championship even if it is on goal difference. “It’s good enough for me,” he said. “I’m not happy being on four points after eight games but we had to get a win somewhere and we dominated Saturday’s match.”

Livingston’s Petrofac Training Cup quarter-final clash with Rangers at Ibrox on Friday, October 9 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 20 with a 7.45pm kick-off. Rangers requested a rescheduling due to a number of players receiving international call-ups.