Livingston were one of Scotland’s most successful sides in 2018. They completed their journey from League One to the Premiership with a play-off victory over Partick Thistle, before cementing themselves in the top flight, with relegation fears all but eradicated.

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There have been many star performers in this side. Liam Kelly in between the sticks and Craig Halkett’s displays in defence are among the standout performers. Whilst he has received plaudits, it’s perhaps midfield star Shaun Byrne who should take even more compliments for his work at the Lions.

He’s played with Livi since the games in League One and made the transition through the leagues with ease. He’s a vital part of this Livi side, and he is the player that perhaps epitomises their rise to prominence.

Byrne has a ‘never say die’ attitude

Every single game, Byrne fights and scraps for every single ball he can. Sure, there may be better players technically, but there are few that give their all like Byrne. His work off the ball is tremendous, and this aids the more attacking players in Gary Holt’s side.

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He’s a fans’ favourite and it’s not hard to see why. Fans won’t mind if the team loses if the they can see their side is trying to secure maximum points throughout the game. With Byrne that will never be an issue.

He’s always there for the Lions too. He started every league game bar one last season and has played in every Premiership match so far this season. Considering his style of play, it’s testament to Byrne that despite the energetic performances, he hasn’t wanted to miss a minute of Livi’s journey.

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Holt’s men will jet off for a few days to Portugal during the winter break for a well-earned rest. Byrne especially deserves this, and there is no doubt that after the break, he will be raring to go again.

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