MARK BURCHILL insists Livingston will defend the Petrofac Cup with their lives, starting at home against Clyde tomorrow.
The West Lothian club won the trophy with a rampant 4-0 win over Alloa in April and Burchill is eager to retain what was his first silverware as a manager.
“It’s our trophy and I want to keep it. We’re not going to give it up to anyone easily,” he said.
“It’s fantastic we’ve got a home tie. Clyde are a good side with a lot of players who have played in the Championship. But this is our trophy and we aim to hold on to it. We want to get to that final again and retain that cup.
“We want to get our season off to a flier. I’m not going to disrespect Clyde in any way, I know it’s going to be tough. I want to make the Energy Assets Arena a place that opponents don’t want to come to and that starts tomorrow. We want to get momentum going, get a victory and move into the next round.
“You don’t get to win many trophies in your career and it was a fantastic achievement to win this cup given where the club was last year. We want to defend that trophy with our lives.
“Everyone in the tournament sees Hibs and Rangers playing each other tomorrow as well, which means one of the big clubs will be out.”
Livingston are without forward Moses Duckrell due to a hamstring injury. Burchill also has doubts over Darren Cole and Gary Glen.