Kenny can’t wait to get crack­ing

First game fever for boss

West Lothian Courier - - The Back Page - Cal­lum Carson

Liv­ingston boss Kenny Miller says he’s look­ing for­ward to mak­ing his man­age­rial de­but as the Lions visit Air­drieo­ni­ans in the League Cup on Sat­ur­day.

The 38-year-old player-man­ager was ap­pointed to the role two weeks ago and will make his bow at the Penny Cars Sta­dium – and de­spite fac­ing League One op­po­si­tion, he’s un­der no il­lu­sions as to the dif­fi­culty of the task at hand. The former Scot­land in­ter­na­tional said: “It will be a very good test for us and the first com­pet­i­tive game of a sea­son is al­ways tough. “We need to ap­proach the game prop­erly if we are to get the win, but I’ve no con­cerns on that front be­cause I know that this group of guys are a hard­work­ing bunch and de­ter­mined to get the best out of them­selves ev­ery week. “We’re all re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting the chance to put things into prac­tice that we’ve worked on in train­ing and talked about. “This team have built up a win­ning men­tal­ity with the suc­cess they’ve had over the last cou­ple of years and we ob­vi­ously want to take that be­lief into the League Cup and keep it go­ing.” While ad­mit­ting that sur­vival in the Pre­mier­ship is the key this sea­son, Miller says the club are fo­cused on en­sur­ing a suc­cess­ful Bet­fred Cup cam­paign, and ruled out mak­ing un­nec­es­sary changes dur­ing the four games, which in­cludes a re­turn trip to Air­drie on Tues­day night to face Pre­mier­ship ri­vals Hamilton Aca­dem­i­cal.

He said: “They are com­pet­i­tive games and ev­ery­body at this club is want­ing to win them all, that’s the aim.

“It’s still early days in terms of the sea­son and in maybe get­ting cer­tain ideas across, so per­haps if the time is right in games then we can look at dif­fer­ent ideas and op­tions.

“But we want to win the group and it’s more im­por­tant that we do that.”

He added: “I’d rather have this sort of set-up with the League Cup be­fore­hand where you are play­ing four com­pet­i­tive games and get­ting into the swing of things be­fore the league be­gins.

“I think it’s a for­mat that re­ally helps us out and hav­ing an­other Pre­mier­ship team in the group will be a good test.”

Keaghan Ja­cobs is an in­jury doubt for the clash af­ter only re­turn­ing to train­ing ear­lier this week, while Raf­faele de Vita is the club’s only long- term ab­sen­tee as he con­tin­ues his re­cov­ery from knee lig­a­ment dam­age sus­tained in last sea­son’s Cham­pi­onship play-off clash against Dundee United.

Rar­ing to go New Livi boss Kenny Miller

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