Myles Hippolyte knows he must bide Livingston time

Myles Hippolyte regrets his red card at Dumbarton
Myles Hippolyte regrets his red card at Dumbarton
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Myles Hippolyte admits he must bide his time before he is reinstated into the Livingston starting line-up.

The Englishman had been a mainstay of the Lions side up until last month, before being sent off for kicking out at defender Frazer Wright in the 2-1 defeat at Dumbarton.

Hippolyte incurred a two-match ban for his indiscipline and was forced to sit out the club’s recent loss at home to St Mirren, as well as the 4-1 victory at Queen of the South.

However, he made a return to the matchday squad in last weekend’s 3-0 win over Raith Rovers at the Tony Macaroni Arena, replacing striker Liam Buchanan after 71 minutes.

But having started every match in the Championship this season prior to his wreckless decision to kick out at Wright, Hippolyte accepts he faces a fight in forcing his way back into manager Mark Burchill’s plans.

“It’s something every player goes through at least once in their career,” the 20-year-old said. “It’s a lesson I’ve had to learn. It was a tough game at Dumbarton which I hope we could have won, but with me being young and making that bad decision, it wasn’t to be. But I hope to be involved again at some point tomorrow and get back into playing and starting games again.

“I’d started pretty much every game up until then and had done well so I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep working hard.”

Acknowledging the team have performed well in his absence picking up two wins on the bounce, Hippolyte says there is a real desire to exact revenge on Jim Duffy’s Morton tomorrow, the Greenock outfit having run out 4-2 winners in West Lothian in September.

“We’d love to get a result and another three points,” he said. “I’m still getting to know all the teams as it’s only my second year but I’ve heard of Morton before so I’m looking forward to going through there.

“We obviously played them at home earlier in the season and I thought they were a very good team. It’s going to be a tough game but I’ve got a lot of faith in the boys.”