They managed to sell Lyndon Dykes to QPR for a club-record fee – but Livingston boss David Martindale isn’t seeing a budget increase.

The Lions sold their star man to QPR at the start of the season for a seven-figure fee. While this has been a major financial boost for Livingston, it has only served to cover costs lost due to the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on football.

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Dykes is with QPR. (Photo by Paul Greenwood – CameraSport via Getty Images)

A top six spot would again be a huge lift for Martindale’s side but he insists he won’t see much of the financial reward: “My job is to try to finish as high as possible in the league. Would top six mean an increase in my budget? Probably not.

“My budget is based on finishing 12th. So if we go down next year, it means the club is not losing thousands of pounds and every single player who signs has a relegation clause in their contract because we can’t afford to pay those wages if we drop down.

“Our budget would probably go from £1.2million to roughly £400,000. When we got promoted from the Championship our budget was £375,000. When we won League One it was £275,000. I don’t get the cup money, I don’t get season-ticket money because all that is needed to pay the other bills we have throughout the year.

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Covering costs at the Lions. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We sold Lyndon Dykes in the summer but all that did was cover costs. We’ve lost 55 per cent of our revenue – which is normally £3million a year – and we’ve basically pulled that in from selling Lyndon.”

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