Livingston manager David Martindale has been given a selection headache ahead of next weekend’s Hampden showdown after the performance of goalkeeper Robby McCrorie against St Mirren.

The Rangers loanee came in for only his second league start since October away to St Mirren on Saturday as the Lions drew 1-1 in Paisley. It maintains their place in fifth spot as Martindale’s men look good for a brilliant top six position.

The Rangers loanee was solid.

The Rangers loanee was solid. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

But with a League Cup final to come next weekend against St Johnstone, Martindale says McCrorie has taken his chance: “I’ve said since day one I have two No.1s at the club. We never had a great start to the season collectively and Robby took a lot of the brunt for that which was unfair. It was everyone on the park.

“We played Celtic a few weeks ago and Robby went in. Max Stryjek came in during the 14-game unbeaten run and played really well. But I have two very good number No.1s and I just feel Robby needed an opportunity. I thought he did extremely well.”

After a 14-game unbeaten run at the start of his tenure, Martindale’s men have now not won in three, but confidence isn’t an issue in West Lothian as Hampden beckons: “If I was going into this game 17 games unbeaten I would still just say that because it’s a national final, form goes out the window.

Livingston v St. Mirren - Betfred Cup Semi Final

Form out the window. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Maybe it helps confidence but we’ve not been playing with low confidence. It’s Livingston and we are going to lose games of football in the Premiership. It’s how you deal with adversity that you learn more. The boys will be brand new.”

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