Myles Hippolyte was Livingston’s cup specialist last season as the West Lothian outfit put their league woes to one side with victory over Alloa in April’s Petrofac Training Cup final.
The former Brentford winger was majestic during last season’s competition, netting three en route to the final as well as turning in a man-of-the-match display as Livi overcame the Wasps 4-0 at McDiarmid Park to secure their first major trophy in 11 years.
But despite the Englishman’s heroics in what proved a topsy-turvy period for the Lions both on and off the park, Hippolyte is hell bent on showing he can cut it in the Ladbrokes Championship this season.
The 20-year-old was restricted to just 12 starts in the league last term, a figure he says will only improve this season if he can rediscover some consistency.
“I want to have a lot more involvement in the league this year as I didn’t play as many games as I would have liked and didn’t start many games,” Hippolyte said.
“So for me that’s a big thing this year as I want to help the team as much as I can. Consistency has been the main thing for me. I think maybe the change in style of football from down south didn’t help me last season and that’s one thing that maybe kind of tailed off for me.
“But Mark Burchill has given me the confidence to go and express myself and I think that paid off towards the end of last year. I was glad to score against both Rangers and Hibs and If I keep my head down this season and keep that level of consistency then I know I can do well.”
Hippolyte was handed his first start of the season against Clyde last month as Livi made a successful start to their defence of the Petrofac Training Cup, scoring the second in a 2-1 victory. He also played the full 90 as Livi went down 3-0 to Raith Rovers in their Championship curtain-raiser last weekend, an outcome he didn’t think he nor his team-mates merited.
Ahead of Queen of the South’s visit to Almondvale tomorrow, Hippolyte said: “It’s been a good start for me so far scoring in the Clyde game and then playing last week in the league opener against Raith, so hopefully there’s plenty more to come.
“Losing the first game is never ideal, but we know we’ve got a lot more to build on. I think we were really unlucky against Raith as it was just a case of they took their chances when they came along. We certainly didn’t feel we deserved to lose 3-0.
“Queens did well last year, but we’re capable of getting our first three points on the board tomorrow.”
“We just need to make sure we take our chances when they come along.