Livingston manager David Martindale claims that drawing Rangers in the League Cup is set to prevent a transfer fire sale at the Tony Macaroni.

The Ibrox side have drawn a home tie against the Lions with both clubs set to get a share of the gate receipts.

And Livingston boss David Martindale insists the draw against Rangers has come at the perfect time for his side with the transfer window still open.

Having previously claimed that he was working with a virtually non-existent budget, the likeable manager claims his club will be able to hold off any sales thanks to the Rangers cash injection.

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It comes with Livingston needing players to leave the club before they can bring bodies in the door, with the likes of Esmael Gonçalves and Scott Bitsindou free to leave.

Once Rangers-linked striker Joel Nouble is also said to be a man in demand.

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“I’d need people out first,” said Livingston boss David Martindale.

“Getting the draw at Ibrox gives us a wee bit of comfort that if these players don’t move it’s not going to have a huge dent.

“We can absorb those costs slightly. It takes a wee bit less pressure off us in terms of having to move two or three on although ideally you want to do that.

“It shows you how big the Ayr game was. We’ve now been in the quarter-finals four years out of five.

“Dundee United put us out in the second round last year but in those four years three were against Rangers and two were at Ibrox.

“It’s probably income you’ve become semi-reliant on but at the same time you’re not guaranteed it.

“Your chances of success are greater playing teams in and around you than against Rangers.

“But those draws are only good if you win. Right now the club will make a few quid from the Rangers draw.

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“I genuinely believe we can get something from the game but I’ve also got the comfort it’s going to help the club going forwards.”

Rangers will welcome David Martindale’s Livingston to Ibrox on the 26th of September with the Gers having overcome Greenock Morton to reach the quarters.

Livingston overcame Ayr United to reach the last eight, with Rangers now favourites to go on and lift the League Cup after Celtic were knocked out by Kilmarnock.

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