Livingston are in talks with Super League champions Bo’ness United over the signing of star midfielder Scott Pittman and hope to conclude a deal before the end of the January transfer window.
The 22-year-old playmaker, who signed for the Newtown Park club in June from league rivals Broxburn Athletic, was once on the books of Hamilton Accies, but was released aged 17.
Bo’ness manager Allan McGonigal revealed to the Evening News that his club are keen to reach an agreement with Mark Burchill’s side, although he doesn’t feel their current offer for Pittman represents value.
“At the moment, we are negotiating with Livingston. We aren’t a million miles away, but nothing is finalised yet,” he said. “They’ve made an offer, but at the moment we don’t feel it is enough for what we are going to lose. We’re not asking for a lot. We’re trying to do a deal which is going to be acceptable for the club.
“He’s really added to our squad this season. I had him at Hamilton Accies and I knew what he could do. He was sensational and he should never have been allowed to leave Hamilton as he is too good.”
McGonigal believes Pittman is the best player in Junior football and insisted he’d never stand in any of his players’ way if a Senior club was interested.
He said: “We are trying to help Scott to go full-time. It’s a fantastic opportunity for him. Scott, in my opinion, is the best player in Junior football in terms of what he does. Hopefully, he can go and be the player we all think he can be. We’ll never stand in their way in terms of progressing as a football player. We did it with Scott Christie, who went to Hamilton. We let him go Senior to better himself and that’s the way it should be.
“You’re in the game to win leagues and cups, but for me, the biggest buzz I can get is to see a boy going full-time. That’s always been my goal.
“If I see a club come in for any of my players then we certainly do our level headed best to try and get the laddie Senior, it should be all about that in the Juniors.”
Bo’ness are hoping to travel to Hurlford United, Ayrshire, for their Junior Cup fourth-round tie this Saturday. The match has been forced off due to the bad weather these last two weekends and McGonigal is hoping it will third-time lucky because it could be Pittman’s last game for the BUs.
“It’s one of the reasons we’d like the game to go ahead on Saturday.
“It could be Scott’s last game and everybody can thank him and he can thank the supporters. It’s been a two-way street, he’s been great for us and we’ve been great for him.”