Livi’s Longridge can’t wait to face Hibs’ Cummings

Jackson Longridge, left, knows Hibs will prove tough to crack. Pic: SNS
Jackson Longridge, left, knows Hibs will prove tough to crack. Pic: SNS
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Livingston defender Jackson Longridge admits he cannot wait to test himself against Hibs and Scotland Under-21 internationalist Jason Cummings at Easter Road tonight.

Cummings has been instrumental for Alan Stubbs’ men this season, netting 13 goals so far as Hibs close in on leaders Rangers at the top of the Championship.

However, for Longridge, 20, who joined the Lions on a two-year deal from Stranraer in the summer, the opportunity to test himself against the country’s form team is one he can’t wait for.

“It’s going to be a really difficult task tonight as they’re flying at the moment but we won’t really change our approach too much to any other match,” the full-back said.

“Jason Cummings is a real goalscorer so if we can keep him quiet then it might give us a chance. But they’ve got good players all over the park so it’s something I’m really looking forward to.

“We’re expecting Hibs to have a lot of possession as all their midfielders are really comfortable on the ball.

“But we’re looking for a point or all three. When I signed at the beginning of the season, these are the kinds of matches you want to be involved in, 
bigger crowds at one of the biggest stadiums in Scottish football.”

Longridge has been a mainstay in manager Mark Burchill’s side this season having already clocked up 18 appearances and is enjoying life in West Lothian. He does, however, regret his challenge on Morton’s Conor Pepper ten days ago which led to Denny Johnstone converting the only goal from the penalty spot as Livi went down 1-0 in Greenock.

“It happened in the heat of the moment,” Longridge explained. “It was the wrong decision. It’s been a long week not having a game at the weekend there because I made that decision that ultimately cost us three points.

“The next two or three weeks are going to be tough with both Rangers and Falkirk coming up but hopefully we can pick up a few points. I think I’ve only missed one or two matches since I came to the club so I’m sure I’m the gaffer’s favourite left back at the moment! I’ve not really got any competition, though, so I’m enjoying it. I signed a two-year deal so it’s a great club with a nice wee setup.”