Morton cup draw ‘not great’ for Livingston

Mark Burchill wanted to get a team 'outwith Livingston's league'. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Mark Burchill wanted to get a team 'outwith Livingston's league'. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
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Livingston boss Mark Burchill says being drawn against Championship rivals Morton in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup is a tie neither side would have wanted.

The Lions secured their place in yesterday’s draw courtesy of a 3-1 win over Peterhead at Balmoor on Saturday and await the visit of Jim Duffy’s men at the Tony Macaroni Arena on the weekend of January 9/10.

But, despite admitting it’s a tie his side are more than capable of winning, the former Celtic striker revealed he had been hoping for a more lucrative opponent in the last 32.

“It’s not a great draw for the club and probably Morton will be feeling the same as well,” he said. “We play each other four times which is enough so it would have been better for everyone else to get a team outwith your league. The most important thing, though, is it’s a home tie so we’ve got to be pleased with that.

“I’m sure the board of directors won’t be too happy because there won’t be a big crowd as it isn’t really one that excites the fans, but we’ve just got to try and progress.

“Morton are a good side and we’ve matched them this season already so we’ll be giving it a good go to get through. It’s a cup tie so league form goes out the window. We’re playing pretty well so hopefully we can go on a good run of form before the game comes around.”

Burchill has been left perplexed by the failure to award his side a penalty in each of Livi’s last three games and has urged referees to start getting the big decisions right. “You’re just hoping these things level themselves out over the course of the season,” Burchill said. “It’s not as if we’ve been getting away with penalties in our own box and other teams haven’t been given them. We’ve been denied stonewallers in the last three games.

“Being a referee is a very difficult job, but you’re looking for them to get the big calls correct. That’s all we’re asking.”