Defender Ross Millen admits the big games can’t come quick enough for Livingston as they prepare for tonight’s League Cup third-round clash with Inverness at the Tony Macaroni Arena.
Having suffered back-to-back defeats against Championship big guns Rangers and Hibs, Mark Burchill’s men take a break from league duty this evening with the visit of John Hughes’ top-flight outfit.
But for right-back Millen, who has made seven appearances since his summer switch from Dunfermline, the opportunity to come up against some of the country’s top sides is a challenge he is relishing.
“You thrive on playing these teams,” said Millen, son of former Hibs defender Andy. “You want to play at the highest level and play against the bigger clubs. Inverness won the Scottish Cup last season so we know they’ll be a big test for us.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game but we need to get ourselves back going again. It’s certainly a winnable match. It’s been great since I made the move as it has been a real learning curve. It’s been good to test yourself against better players as well as playing alongside better players so I’m enjoying it.”
Livi secured their place in the third round with a terrific 3-2 win at St Mirren Park last month, goals from Liam Buchanan, Danny Mullen and Declan Gallagher sealing their passage. However, that triumph in Paisley four weeks ago was the last time the Lions tasted victory.
“Any win, no matter the competition, gives you confidence so we’ll be looking to get the win tonight and then take that into the weekend,” said Millen, 20. “We’re all looking forward to it. The spirit within the changing room is still there even though we’ve lost a few matches but we know that’s going to change sooner rather than later.”
Despite Saturday’s narrow defeat to Hibs – Liam Henderson’s sublime free-kick five minutes into the second half proving the difference between the sides – Millen felt Livi more than matched their title-chasing opponents.
“We didn’t deserve that on Saturday so it was a bit of a kick in the chuckies,” he said. “It was a terrific goal and you just can’t stop these kinds of things. But they are a good side, they should be a good team as it’s Hibs. They should be playing at a higher level.”
Meanwhile, defender Ben Gordon is set to make his return to the matchday squad after serving a two-match suspension following his dismissal against Morton in the Championship earlier this month.