Ciaron Brown is hoping to cement himself in Cardiff City plans after a successful third spell on loan at Livingston.

The defender has been a rock for the Lions this term at left-back, scoring once against Celtic during a 2-2 draw last month. David Martindale wanted to keep the defender but Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy has recalled him.

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McCarthy has recalled him (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

And now a Bluebirds first-team spot is on the agenda: “When you are here you wholeheartedly want to do well for Livingston and your team-mates but the main aim is always to get a call back to Cardiff.

“It’s still hard to leave the boys. They’re a good group and make you so welcome. I’ve made friends I’ll talk to for a long time so it’s hard to play a game and then say ‘see you later’. It’s difficult to leave when the club, players and staff have been so good to me but I want to get back to Cardiff and impress the new manager and try to get into that team.

 

“I felt I’ve done well here so I feel the time is now to go back there and get into that team. I was in the dark for a bit but the new manager was straight to the point. We had a few conversations and he said he felt I’d done well and he wanted to see me.”

Ciaron Brown clears the ball for Livingston

Brown’s on the move. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But with the Lions in the League Cup final, missing the showpiece event is a blow for Brown: “The Betfred Cup Final is hard to give up. I was suspended for the semi-final and we only found out a couple of days before it that I couldn’t play. I was gutted because I felt I’d done well enough in the Celtic game previously to start.

“I was there watching the game and probably more nervous than the boys on the pitch for the last 10 minutes. I’ll be bloody nervous watching the final but the boys can do it if they go with the right mindset.”

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