Livingston midfielder Scott Pittman admits he has surpassed his own expectations since arriving from Bo’ness United in January.
The ex-Juniors player made the switch to Almondvale six months ago, clocking up a handful of appearances from the substitutes’ bench before holding down a regular starting place as manager Mark Burchill’s side won the Petrofac Training Cup and preserved their Championship status with victory over Queen of the South on the final day of the season.
The 23-year-old was an integral part of the side that enjoyed an upturn in fortunes as Livi climbed off the foot of the table to finish eighth. Cowdenbeath were relegated to League One while Alloa had to come through their relegation play-off against Forfar to remain in the division.
Pittman has been allocated the No.7 shirt this season and will be expected to fill the void left by departed brothers Keaghan and Kyle Jacobs in the Lions engine room.
However, it is a challenge he is ready to undertake.
“Coming here in January, I’ve settled in better than I had hoped for so I’m really looking forward to getting going now this season,” Pittman said. “When I first signed my target was just to get in the team and do the best I can, but I’m delighted with how it’s gone so far playing the number of games I have. I feel I have come on leaps and bounds since making the step up, but that comes with playing in the Championship as it’s such a tough league. But I know I’m going to have to play well for the team this year.”
Pittman started in both of Livi’s cup clashes with Clyde and is hoping he has done enough to ensure he is given the nod in this weekend’s Championship opener against Raith Rovers at Stark’s Park.
“It’s the first time I’ve done a proper pre-season so I feel good just now,” he said. “We knew what to expect against Clyde last week, but we got the job done. They played defensively, but we’ll need to play at a lot quicker tempo this weekend against Raith. It’s looking hopeful as we’ve had two cup wins and are in the next round for both.
“It will be a tough game, but we went there last season and won both games. We just need to work hard in training and do the best we can on Saturday.”