Livingston manager David Martindale has hailed Scott Pittman after the Lions star’s 250th appearance for the club was marked by a winning goal.

Martindale’s men made it 12 games unbeaten with the 2-0 victory over Kilmarnock, striking twice in the final few minutes through Jaze Kabia and Pittman as they gained ground on Aberdeen and Hibs in third and fourth.

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The Lions are marching on. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

It was a special night for Pittman and Martindale is delighted for the player he will class as a mate: “Wee Pitts has been brilliant. It was me who brought him in to the club. I was playing Junior football with Pitts at Broxburn. Bo’ness get all the credit but he really came from Broxburn.

“His dad brought me to Broxburn and it was me and Pitts in central midfield. He used to do all my running and I used to do all his shouting. When I left Broxburn in June 2014, he signed for Bo’ness cos I’d left and he didn’t want left with his dad – if you know his dad you’d understand.

“I then went in for him in the January. That was probably the first spell of me bringing players into the club. I remember Burchy (then manager Mark Burchill) saying he wasn’t sure but I said we’ll bring him in and if it takes him three, four or six months to adapt so be it.

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Livingston masterstroke. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“He was in for six weeks and he loved him. He was in the team and he’s been in it ever since. He’s a club legend but you couldn’t tell him that. He’d go out and get a fake moustache cos he wouldn’t want to walk about Livingston. He’s the opposite of his dad, he hates the limelight.

“He’s been here six years and he’s a friend but I speak to him about twice a week and it’s ‘Awrite Pitts’, ‘Aye’ and that’s him. He’s low maintenance but you get high output. Most of the fans appreciate him but if I said to the players to pick a starting XI, I can guarantee you he’s in everybody’s team every week.

“Honestly, he’s been phenomenal. I love him to bits and he is probably the best bit of business I have done at this club.”

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Brilliant business. (Photo by Roddy Scott / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Martindale’s latest success came off the back of passing his fit and proper person test plus the booking of a League Cup final spot at the weekend. In a way only he knows how, Martindale expressed his delight.

He said: “It’s been a very good week. I said to the lads that they had to pick up three points as this was my first proper game so to speak as a fit and proper person. I don’t know any fit and proper persons!

“I was asking the missus to make me a coffee as I’m a fit and proper person! But I got chased! The boys have been fantastic. I think we deserved to be ahead on the balance of play and we dominated the game in large spells.”

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