Livingston manager David Martindale has identified how the club can bounce back from the Betfred Cup Final loss to St Johnstone at the weekend – that is by clinching a place in the top six of the Scottish Premiership.

Livingston can go a long way towards that if they get a positive result against Rangers this season. As it stands, Martindale’s side look to have top six place almost all sewn up, as they are five points clear of seventh placed Dundee United with a game in hand.

However, Martindale’s players are coming off the disappointment of losing a cup final. He wants them to banish that memory by getting a top six place confirmed.

“Put that to the side”

“I spoke about it with the boys, we got to a cup final, but you have to put that to the side now” he said.

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Livingston takes on Rangers this evening (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I think we have got to finish in the top six – I would be quite happy with that. Anything better than fifth, I would be over the moon and delighted. But that is going to be a tough task to get that” Martindale stated.

“A good season”

“As managers and players, you want to be playing against the best teams in the league in the best venues. So I would class top six as having a successful season, a good season” the Livingston manager concluded.

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Livingston manager David Martindale watches his team in action (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

After facing Rangers, Livingston play Motherwell, Hamilton and Hibernian as the look to clinch a top six spot. Two wins from those games would be enough for a top six finish you would imagine. That is what the Livingston boss will be aiming for.

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