Livingston and Glen have Saints in their sights

Gary Glen, left, has been moved into a midfield role this season and is relishing the new responsibility
Gary Glen, left, has been moved into a midfield role this season and is relishing the new responsibility
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Livingston haven’t had lady luck on their side this season despite some spirited displays from the West Lothian outfit.

Seven defeats from the first round of fixtures has left the Lions propping up the Championship table on four points with their solitary victory coming against Alloa last month, the team placed immediately above them in ninth.

However, despite results having gone against them, former Hearts frontman Gary Glen says he relishing his role in the Livi midfield this season under boss Mark Burchill.

The 25-year-old notched his first goal of the season in the 2-1 defeat by Dumbarton two weeks ago, a match Livi dominated for long spells before team-mate Myles Hippolyte was sent off and Eamon Brophy capitalised with the winner eight minutes from time.

But as Livi look to bounce back when they welcome fellow strugglers St Mirren tomorrow to the Tony Macaroni Arena knowing a win would see them go level on points with the Buddies, Glen has been given a new lease of life out on the wing.

“I really like playing in midfield if I’m being honest and got my first goal the other week against Dumbarton,” he told the Evening News.

“Of course you always want to score goals but the manager has put me in there so I’ve got a job to do both defensively and going forward.

“I’ve only played in midfield since I came to Livingston last season. I started last year playing in just behind the strikers but have now moved out to either the right or left depending on who plays. You definitely get more of the ball and more involved in the play. But as long as I am starting then I’ll be happy. The main thing just now though is trying to win games as we’re struggling at the minute.”

Livi were streets ahead of Dumbarton by Sons manager Stephen Aitken’s own admission but were left to rue Hippolyte’s indiscipline that, ultimately, deprived them of at least a point.

Hippolyte is suspended for tomorrow’s clash after receiving a two-match ban for kicking out at Frazer Wright.

“It’s been our story so far this season,” Glen admitted. “We had just beaten Alloa 3-0 with a really good performance so we were looking to follow that up against Dumbarton. Even when we went down to ten men we still felt in control of the game.

“Myles knows he was in the wrong and he apologised so we’ve moved on. It’s forgotten about, it happens to everyone but we’ll miss his presence tomorrow. We’ve still got a good feel around the place. We’ve been playing well in most matches this season but we haven’t picked up points – that’s football.

“We’ve been good in the cup competitions but it just hasn’t quite gone for us in the league yet.”

Livi are undefeated so far this season against Ian Murray’s side, a 3-2 triumph in the League cup in August was followed up with a hard-fought 1-1 draw in Paisley just four days later – a statistic, Glen says, the squad can take great heart from.

“The head-to-head with St Mirren has been good so far so we’re confident we can get another good result over them tomorrow,” he explained.

“They’ve been struggling themselves of late so that will give us some confidence being at home.

“It was disappointing not to play against Rangers (in the Petrofac Training Cup) last weekend because you want to get the frustration of losing the week before out of your system.

“You train all week and look forward to a game at the weekend.

“But it has given us that wee bit more time to think about the start of the season we’ve had and we know we need to do better.

“I was injured for two months at the end of last season which was frustrating but we won the Petrofac Training Cup and stayed in the league as well so we were really looking to push forward this year.”

Glen continued: “We don’t want to be in that position this season, it’s not nice being involved in a relegation battle so we need to start picking up points.”