Livingston manager David Martindale says he made changes against Rangers with Saturday’s fixture with St Johnstone in mind.

Rangers coasted to a 3-0 win over the Lions who had one eye on their final game of the season against St Johnstone. A win in Perth coupled with Hibs victory in the Scottish Cup final would secure a European football spot and fifth.

Rangers swept past Livingston.

Rangers swept past Livingston. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

Martindale said: “I made a couple of changes and tried to get players off the park with Saturday in mind. I want to have options because it’s a big game and it’s difficult with only a 48 hour turnaround.

“That’s why Marvin Bartley didn’t start and I got Josh Mullin and Craig Sibbald off. I tried to get Jack Fitzwater and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. off a bit earlier too but we were getting a wee bit of joy at a stage where a goal changes the game. When the third Rangers goal went in, it put the game well beyond us.

 

“It’s allowed me to make more changes with Saturday in mind. Part of my team talk will be that it’s a chance for payback from the cup final but really you just want to win every game of football.”

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