Livingston’s Scott Pittman is delighted to have had his contract renewed for another year but admits he wants to rediscover the kind of form that convinced manager David Hopkin to offer him a new deal in the first place.
The former Bo’ness United midfielder has been a regular starter for the Lions since making the step up to senior football last January, but has found himself consigned to the substitutes’ bench in three of Livi’s last four matches.
The recent arrivals of Mark Fotheringham, Sam Stanton, Charlie Telfer and Josh Mullin have stiffened up competition for places in the Lions midfield – the aforementioned players having all been given the nod ahead of 23-year-old Pittman recently.
“There’s always competition for places and I’ve spent the last couple of games on the bench but I just need to keep my head up,” Pittman said. “I think my form has dipped a little this side of the year but I’ll keep working hard and hopefully get back to the level I was playing at.
“It was great to get my contract sorted out last week so I’m delighted. I just try and do the best I can for Livingston. I think I’ve shown that players making the step up from the Juniors can perform at Senior level as well. I’m just happy to be here and confident that we can stay up. The focus is on the seven matches we have remaining to try and get ourselves out of this play off.”
Livi are embroiled in a battle for survival, ten points clear of bottom club Alloa but five adrift of eight-placed Dumbarton in the relegation play-off spot. A trip to high-flying Falkirk tomorrow is one game, Pittman believes, his team-mates should embrace.
“It’s going to be a really tough game where no-one is expecting us to go there and get anything,” he said. “But if we work hard and play our football then we feel we can pick up something from the match.
“This point in the season feels really similar to last year when we were fighting for our lives and we only managed to get ourselves out of trouble on the last day. We’re certainly hoping to repeat that again.
“I would say the defeat last Saturday to St Mirren looks as if they are going to be safe but you never know. We’ve just got to focus on ourselves and not think about the others.”