Livingston manager Gary Holt has hailed ‘exceptional’ namesake Jason after the former Rangers midfielder signed for the West Lothian side earlier this week.
The diminutive midfielder could face his former side tomorrow in the Scottish Premiership clash at the Tony Macaroni and the Livi boss thinks his experience at Rangers will help rub off on some of his other players.
Despite not getting a chance under Steven Gerrard at Ibrox, Holt remains a popular figure with Gers fans and his manager is delighted to have him on board – admitting his surprise he hadn’t already found a club after leaving Rangers earlier in the summer.
“I’m surprised in one way that he hadn’t got a club already, but we’re also aware that we’ve given him the opportunity to come in from day one,” Holt told the Daily Record.
“He’s enjoyed it, he’s seen how we work and must like it, because he was prepared to sign and we’re delighted to have him on board.
“On and off the pitch, he’s exceptional and that’ll rub off. We’ve got some experienced boys that the rest look up to, like our captain Marv (Bartley) and Efe (Ambrose).
“They hold that respect after what they’ve done, where they’ve been, how they conduct themselves and how they train.
“Jason’s got that in abundance. Since day one when he came in, some of the younger ones were like ‘Jason Holt’s in training’.
“It’s not just a boy in training, it’s someone who’s got a pedigree and wants to continue his career rather than just take a wage.”
The former Hearts star should add some real energy to Livi’s midfield and it could make for an interesting dynamic tomorrow after a poor start to the season for them.
Going up against Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara should see the Gers win the midfield battle at the Tony Macaroni but Holt will clearly make them a better side.
Hopefully though, he doesn’t hit the ground running quite yet.