Livingston boss David Martindale explains plans for dealing with Hibs talisman Martin Boyle
Livingston manager David Martindale is unfazed by the prospect of his side coming up against Martin Boyle this Saturday.
The highly-regarded 29-year-old marked his first appearance back at the Hibees by stepping off the bench to score an equaliser five minutes into stoppage time against Hearts on Sunday.
"We're used to playing against Martin Boyle," said Martindale. "I think he played in two of the four games against us last season and we've played against him in previous years.
"I think it's a huge signing for Hibs. It's nice to see him back in the Scottish Premiership because he's an exciting player. It will give Hibs a wee lift. But we're at home so we'll try to focus on our own gameplan as opposed to the opponents, albeit we'll look at that tactical detail in terms of if Martin starts the game or Martin doesn't start.
"That's not any different to how we'd approach things with, for instance, (Elias) Melkersen. We'll highlight Hibs' strengths and if Martin Boyle's on the park he'll be one of their strengths, so we'll identify that."
Livi are on a three-game winning run against Hibs but Martindale says he's not reading too much into that as he faces Lee Johnson for the first time.
“It’s a different animal that you’re coming up against from last season,” he added. “You’ve got David Marshall who is one of the best keepers in Scotland and a lot of their signings have looked decent.
“I think they’ve recruited fairly well but they’re probably waiting a wee bit to build up relationships and continuity on the park.
“It’s not really the Hibs that we’ve faced previously so in some respects we don’t really know what we’re going to be coming up against.”
Livingston had made a decent start to the season, qualifying from their Premier Sports Cup group, giving Rangers a scare in their opening leaghue game and beating Dundee United at Tannadice last weekend.
The West Lothian side go into the game with no new injury worries. Defender Morgan Boyes continues his return from a summer operation but is still a couple of weeks away from consideration.