With Livingston coming off the back of a disappointing League Cup final defeat to St Johnstone, some may be expecting Rangers to face a flat opponent at the Tony Macaroni Arena in the Premiership on Wednesday evening.
However, based on David Martindale’s latest comments, the Lions may in fact be extra motivated and keen to right the wrongs of the weekend.
“I want you all to bottle what you’re feeling now and take this into the last nine Premiership games we’ve got left,” the Livi boss recalls saying to his players after the Hampden defeat [Sky Sports Scotland Twitter].
“You need to remember this. There’s nothing we can do about it now, we can’t change the past. You know I’m very big on that – I’ve had to be big on that over the years with my past – it’s done, you can’t change it.
“You can only shape the future but you’ve got to use that experience as fuel going forward to try and create a better future for yourself and the club.”
Martindale has proven his ability to motivate this Livingston squad already after overseeing their remarkable 14-match winning run between the end of November and early February, and although things have taken a turn for the worse recently, there’s every chance they’ll now come out firing on Wednesday evening.
The Gers have struggled at times in the past on the artificial surface in West Lothian, losing 1-0 there during the 2018/19 season and drawing 0-0 earlier in the current campaign.
Steven Gerrard is also set to be without several key men, with James Tavernier, Kemar Roofe and Ryan Jack all out, while Leon Balogun is doubtful.
However, even if Livi are intent on making it a battle, the fact remains that if they play to their potential, despite their injury problems, the Gers should have too much quality across the pitch.