Livingston manager David Martindale has backed Liverpool loanee Adam Lewis to show what he’s capable of against former Anfield U18s coach Steven Gerrard this weekend.
Martindale’s side face last season’s Scottish Premiership champions Rangers in the 21/22 season opener. Versatile full-back Lewis has arrived on loan from Liverpool as one of Martindale’s 10 summer signings so far. Rangers manager Gerrard was Lewis’ U18s’ coach at Liverpool.
Gerrard is an admirer of Lewis, saying of the then-teenager that he hadn’t witnessed ‘anyone as good as him at that age, in terms of quality and what he can deliver in the final third.’ Martindale says Lewis will be ready to go against his former Liverpool mentor.
The Livingston manager said ahead of Saturday’s trip to Ibrox: “There’s a big jump in the standard of football from youth level to senior football. I don’t know if it will feel weird for Adam – I know it won’t be for me – but I think Adam will be going out and looking to impress, if he gets the opportunity.
“Steven Gerrard still speaks to a lot of the staff at Liverpool and Adam is a Liverpool player. I dare say it has added benefit for me as well. We have got an incredibly hard start but that’s why we are in football, these are the games we live for.
“Boys coming from down south have got the ability, there’s no question about that, but I think they will be surprised with the ability levels. I think they will get a sharp shock about the ability levels. And they have done already to be honest.”
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