Livingston captain Alan Lithgow has said he can’t wait to battle with Jermain Defoe when Livi take on Rangers this weekend.
The West Lothian outfit haven’t lost a game so far this season. They’ll look to keep that up when they travel to Ibrox on Saturday.
It’ll be a huge ask of the Lions to take anything from this, but they are no strangers to shocking the home side, beating them 1-0 at home last year.
Lithgow says keeping the likes of Defoe and Alfredo Morelos at bay will be key to Livingston success.
He told the Daily Record (September 12, page 59): “I used to watch Defoe when I was younger, growing up. I loved his style of play and any time he got a yard he was hitting it – and his finishing is unreal.
“With Alfredo Morelos, he’s young and energetic and everything you could want in a striker, but Defoe is intelligent. Both are different players and difficult to play against but it’s a challenge and I’m happy to take it on.
“This game can be daunting to some people because of Rangers’ stature but we look forward to them, we don’t fear anyone in the league.”
Lithgow and Livingston can tame Rangers frontline on Saturday
Whilst he may be someone he looks up to, Lithgow can’t afford to be in awe of the former England international if he plays. Avoid that, and he could help Livi frustrate the home side.
They have a winning formula to look back on, their home victory last year. They dug deep and hit Rangers on the counter, which worked to great effect.
Rangers couldn’t break through the defensive wall of Lithgow, Craig Halkett and Declan Gallagher. Despite only having two shots on target (BBC) Livi walked away with a 1-0 win.
Even a few years ago when both sides were in the Championship Livingston managed results against Rangers, drawing 1-1 with Saturday’s opponents three times and even beating them 1-0.
Livi have learned over the past few years how to get a result off Rangers. They’ll be underdogs again on Saturday, but Gary Holt’s side are used to that feeling by now.