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2019/2020

Livingston

In


Ibrahima Savane (def) Beziers; Nicky Devlin (def) Walsall; Marvin Bartley (mid) Hibernian; Robbie Crawford (gk) Ayr United; Aymen Souda (mid) D. Calarasi; Cece Pepe (def) free; Matija Sarkic (gk) Aston Villa

Out


Craig Halkett (k)(def) Hearts; Callum Crane (sp)(def) Edinburgh City; Nicky Cadden (sp)(mid) Greenock Morton; Matthew Knox (sp)(att) Brechin City; Declan Gallagher (r)(def) Motherwell; Liam Kelly (k)(gk) QPR; Dolly Menga (r)(att) Petro Luanda; Shaun Byrne (r)(mid) Dundee; Rafaelle de Vita (sp)(mid) Partick Thistle - on loan

It was a season of two halves for Gary Holt's Livingston last year. For the first half, they were an injection of freshness, and managed to get into the top six and potentially looking at the European places. But performance levels dipped and the rest of the division got used to Livi's tough-tackling approach, and they ended the campaign in ninth. For Livi's first year back, it was a terrific position to finish up in. But now Holt will have his eyes on bigger things this term, and will have to deal with some disappointing departures this summer. Livi have lost plenty of their steel, with Craig Halkett, Declan Gallagher, Shaun Byrne and number one Liam Kelly all leaving. Their number one striker, Dolly Menga, has also departed. Menga has worryingly yet to be replaced, with Ryan Hardie also leaving for Blackpool. It leaves Livi without an out-and-out striker outside of Lyndon Dykes. More is required this summer up top for Livi to reach the same heights of last season. Moves have been made to sort out the defensive departures. Cece Pepe and Nicky Devlin have been brought in to replace Gallagher and Halkett, but Livi have signed Marija Sarkic to battle reserve goalkeeper Ross Stewart for the number one spot. The highlight for Livi is the addition of Marvin Bartley to their midfield. With Keaghan Jacobs and Scott Pittman still at the club, this continues to be the strongest area of their squad. Expect a similar aggressive approach from Livi this season, but with a touch of added flair to their football.

Target


A top-six finish remains too ambitious for now. Livi's next step should be finishing in a solid lower-half position - preferably above ninth.

Season Review
2018/2019

№9: Livingston

Early on the season threatened to turn chaotic for Livingston. Kenny Miller left the club just two weeks into the season, but Gary Holt's arrival saw Livi reach the dizzy heights of the top half. Under Holt, the Lions gained a reputation of being physical, energetic, and competent on the ball. They consistently rose to the challenge of playing big teams too. This season alone, Livi have beaten Rangers and earned two sensational draws with Celtic. In the end, their form slumped throughout the final third of the season. Just one win in their final nine games left Holt's men with a ninth place finish. Where Livi have struggled is their consistency, however. In big games, they had a habit of being ridiculously energetic and in opponents' faces. Shaun Byrn, Keaghan Jacobs, and Scott Pittman were particularly aggressive, and never gave opposition flair players time on the ball. Unfortunately, they succumbed to a lack of consistency as they found themselves struggling to cope with the increasingly hectic Premiership card. Next term Holt will be hoping Livi find the spark they showed in the first half of the season. Craig Halkett will leave the club this summer as Player of the Season, but Livi will have to combat losing big players this summer and replacing them adequately.


Player of the Season: Craig Halkett

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