Livingston manager Gary Holt has hinted that he could be missing several first-team players for Sunday’s Premiership clash against Rangers, as quoted by Not The Old Firm.
On Wednesday night, his side bounced back from a weekend hammering against Hibernian, coming from behind twice to secure a 2-2 draw at Motherwell.
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It was a good result for the Lions after a poor start to the season.
However, Holt lost centre-back, Ciaron Brown, to a muscle problem in the 19th minute, while he believes some players put so much into the game that they may need to be rested at the weekend.
“I was delighted with their work rate, tenacity and self-belief,” he said, as quoted by Not The Old Firm. “I want to be involved and I want to play, I tell that to the players. Put your work in, put your shift in, we’ll recover you. We’ve got a squad and come Sunday some of them might miss out for the right reasons rather than be poor tonight and get left out the team.”
“I’ll take that. Ciaron had a slight issue a few weeks ago and felt a wee tweak. He felt he didn’t want to let his team down if the ball was coming over the top as he didn’t want to extend his range.
“We’ll have a look and analyse but he’s gutted because he wants to play. He’s shown up really good in the games we’ve played.”
Several Livingston players set to miss Rangers clash – Verdict
Livingston had a very strong 2019/20 Premiership campaign, punching above their weight to finish fifth.
They have just a solitary point from their opening three matches so far, though, while Rangers will be full of confidence following three consecutive victories.
Cardiff City loanee Ciaron Brown’s absence will be keenly felt by a Livi side who have already shipped seven goals this season and if several more players are left out due to niggles or fatigue, then the Gers should fancy themselves to run out comfortable victors at the Tony Macaroni arena.