Callum Fordyce wants to make this season a double celebration as he turns his attention to helping Livingston secure their Championship status.
The defender was on the scoresheet as the Lions won the Petrofac Training Cup on Sunday with a 4-0 demolition of relegation rivals Alloa Athletic.
Livi went into the final on a desperately poor run of form which – compounded by a five-point deduction for rule breaches – has left them bottom of the table and six points adrift of the Wasps. Things got worse for the club just days before the match when it was hit by an SFA registration ban and fined £5000 following an investigation into majority shareholder Neil Rankine’s dual interest in East Fife.
But those woes were briefly forgotten by local boy Fordyce as he lashed home Livi’s second at McDiarmid Park following a corner from captain Jason Talbot.
And, as he looked ahead to tomorrow night’s league encounter at home to play-off hopefuls Falkirk, Fordyce is hoping the cup success will entice more locals to come out and support the team between now and the end of the campaign.
“It still hasn’t really sunk in yet but it’s absolutely brilliant to win a cup,” Fordyce said. “It’s massive for the club, the town and the whole area as well. Being a local boy, as are a few of the others in the team, it’s great for the community and hopefully everyone gets behind us in the remaining matches.
“We’ve got a massive game tomorrow so we’ll hopefully be able to celebrate even more at the end of the season.
“We’ve just got to concentrate on the league games now and try and kick on from here. This season has been tough but we believe in ourselves. I think we can do it, the whole team thinks we can do it so we’ve just got to get on with it starting with a win against Falkirk tomorrow.”
The weekend triumph was the second time Livi have put four past the Wasps this season, a 4-0 triumph coming at the Energy Assets Arena in August when Fordyce himself set Livi on their way that day with the opening goal of the afternoon.
Fordyce, 22, said: “It’s been a long time coming [scoring] especially after last season where I started off well with a couple of goals. But it’s been quite dry since then so it’s good to finally get on the scoresheet again and it just happened to be Alloa.
“I was speaking to one of their players afterwards and they couldn’t believe I’d scored!
“I couldn’t really believe it went in the net. It was a great feeling and a massive sigh of relief. I managed to connect with it sweetly with the ball falling perfectly for me.
“Once we got the second goal we went on and controlled the game. It was always going to be a hard game but we were able to relax a bit and play some good football after taking the lead. We had another couple of chances and it could have been more if I am being honest. We enjoyed Sunday night with our families so it was just a perfect day.
“It’s definitely a good mental boost to take into the league. We’ve got that winning feeling again so we just need to progress now and take it on from here.”