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1 hour ago, LIVIFOREVER said:

I liked the look of Austin when we played Falkirk in our cup game earlier in the season, did notice he had a tendency to look for a foul though, so would be a good replacement for Mullen.

 

Hope that Pittman rumour is false, if we have any aspirations of a top four finish this season we need to stop punting our best players.

Tbf we don’t know if Pittman is similar to Danny Mullen that he doesn’t want to commit to a new contract and we want to get something or someone for him rather than losing him for nothing in the summer ? 

I get what you are saying, it would be disappointing to lose someone like Pittman but in Midfield we are pretty strong and I’d imagine Hoppy would be looking to bring someone in to cover Pitts if the rumour is indeed true. 

On the possible signing of Austin, it wasn’t long ago he was a wanted man in Scottish football, yes he’s struggled this season but the whole of the Falkirk side has struggled, I’ve liked the look of him everytime he’s came up against us and I recon Hoppy would really get him playing. 

Only time will tell though. 

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Hopefully Austin not being great this season is down to the shite players he's surrounded by and he could find his form with us. 

The Pittman rumour, if true, is disappointing but not very surprising. Worrying that it might be the start of this squad moving on. 

I'll stay optimistic; we'll wake up on Christmas morning to find out that Santa Hopkin has given contract extensions all round. 

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Pittman is a great player, I am slightly surprised that Falkirk are interested though because he is a very similar midfielder to what they have now, breaks up the play well, starts things off and doesn’t give the ball away very often but doesn’t get forward as much as he should, perhaps that’s down to the style of play we play right enough but strikes me as a very similar player to what Falkirk already have. 

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23 minutes ago, andylivi1 said:

Tbf we don’t know if Pittman is similar to Danny Mullen that he doesn’t want to commit to a new contract and we want to get something or someone for him rather than losing him for nothing in the summer ? 

I get what you are saying, it would be disappointing to lose someone like Pittman but in Midfield we are pretty strong and I’d imagine Hoppy would be looking to bring someone in to cover Pitts if the rumour is indeed true. 

On the possible signing of Austin, it wasn’t long ago he was a wanted man in Scottish football, yes he’s struggled this season but the whole of the Falkirk side has struggled, I’ve liked the look of him everytime he’s came up against us and I recon Hoppy would really get him playing. 

Only time will tell though. 

This is getting ridiculous now though, if we're going to keep doing this then our season is knackered and we could end up being in serious trouble on the pitch, and go into freefall losing game after game. There is fine lines in games and we aren't that good we can afford to lose our best players and not suffer for it. We built a team for this season, you have to strike a balance between getting a few thousand pounds for a player and accept them moving on for nothing but getting you a higher league place and more prize money, more chance of building our fan base with a successful team on the pitch, and general feel good factor around the place, start going down the route of losing all our best players half way through the season and it isn't going to be much fun going to Livi games.

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14 hours ago, andylivi1 said:

Nah, we haven’t a lot of money but we aren’t struggling to pay wages. 

The money we made from Mullen 25k I believe and the 100k from the league cup run has almost certainly helped with cash flow at the Club, a high finish this season too would be a welcome boost. 

This sort of rumour is unhelpful but understandable given our past record, but under the stewardship of John Ward who I’ve met on a few occasions now I’m more confident than ever that the right guy is in charge and has long term plans for the Club. 

Not saying you're wrong here but the money from your cup run won't be helping any cash flow issues just now - it gets paid at the end of the season as far as I'm aware.

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14 minutes ago, LIVIFOREVER said:

This is getting ridiculous now though, if we're going to keep doing this then our season is knackered and we could end up being in serious trouble on the pitch, and go into freefall losing game after game. There is fine lines in games and we aren't that good we can afford to lose our best players and not suffer for it. We built a team for this season, you have to strike a balance between getting a few thousand pounds for a player and accept them moving on for nothing but getting you a higher league place and more prize money, more chance of building our fan base with a successful team on the pitch, and general feel good factor around the place, start going down the route of losing all our best players half way through the season and it isn't going to be much fun going to Livi games.

Who’s to say this won’t improve the squad ? Yes Austin hasn’t been great for Falkirk this season but who has ? A fresh start may get him back to the form that had Aberdeen, Motherwell and Dundee after him and I believe Hoppy would be the right kind of manager to get the best out of him, who’s to say his goals won’t help us to the playoffs ? 

I love Pittman, he’s a very good player but weren’t we all saying we really lack a proper striker in the side ? Could this be the answer ? Our strongest area of the side is in Midfield, we have Jacobs ready to step in and we know how good he can be, we also have Robinson who has a decent record who can step in, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Hoppy would be looking to replace Pitts if indeed this rumour is true. 

Hoppy’s transfers have been good up to now and I trust him to get things right. 

As ive said, it’s important to point out this is just a rumour, I’ve nothing to substantiate it so we will all have to wait and see. 

Btw I’d much rather see us keep Pitts myself, but no one knows how this will affect our season. 

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Just now, andylivi1 said:

Who’s to say this won’t improve the squad ? Yes Austin hasn’t been great for Falkirk this season but who has ? A fresh start may get him back to the form that had Aberdeen, Motherwell and Dundee after him and I believe Hoppy would be the right kind of manager to get the best out of him, who’s to say his goals won’t help us to the playoffs ? 

I love Pittman, he’s a very good player but weren’t we all saying we really lack a proper striker in the side ? Could this be the answer ? Our strongest area of the side is in Midfield, we have Jacobs ready to step in and we know how good he can be, we also have Robinson who has a decent record who can step in, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Hoppy would be looking to replace Pitts if indeed this rumour is true. 

Hoppy’s transfers have been good up to now and I trust him to get things right. 

As ive said, it’s important to point out this is just a rumour, I’ve nothing to substantiate it so we will all have to wait and see. 

Austin is more likely to replace Mullen than Pittman, our midfield has been the driving force of our success this season, take out our most consistent and best player and we most def will suffer. Keaghan is already going to have to replace Penrice, he can't replace everyone. Lets hope the rumour is false then, i'll be extremely pissed off if it isn't.

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Just now, Ayia Napa Daz said:

Well said Liviforever. Hopkin won't let Pittman go lightly, I'm confident he'll be here til the end of the season.

I hope so, I doubt Hoppy will want to see him leave, he's going to be a dad soon, so a 2 year extension offer from us for a bit of security would be good incentive for him staying at Livi.

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3 minutes ago, LIVIFOREVER said:

Austin is more likely to replace Mullen than Pittman, our midfield has been the driving force of our success this season, take out our most consistent and best player and we most def will suffer. Keaghan is already going to have to replace Penrice, he can't replace everyone. Lets hope the rumour is false then, i'll be extremely pissed off if it isn't.

I’m not saying Austin is being brought in to replace Pittman I’m saying we’ve been shouting about an out and out striker all season, Mullen wasn’t even that as much as he was very good at what he done he wasn’t prolific. Austin may just fit that mould. 

Penrice although yes has played in midfield for us has played wing back the last couple of occasions, and can be replaced by Longridge who I think gets undeserved criticism and Cadden, and Pitts if indeed he does go can be replaced by Keags. 

That is all before we bring anyone else in which I’m sure Hoppy will be wanting to do. 

I don’t want him to go, far from it but if Austin is brought in and scored a few goals and helps get us to the playoffs then imo it would be a good deal, if we fail to make the playoffs yes it would be disappointing but no one would know if keeping Pitts would’ve made the difference or not. 

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Just now, andylivi1 said:

I’m not saying Austin is being brought in to replace Pittman I’m saying we’ve been shouting about an out and out striker all season, Mullen wasn’t even that as much as he was very good at what he done he wasn’t prolific. Austin may just fit that mould. 

Penrice although yes has played in midfield for us has played wing back the last couple of occasions, and can be replaced by Longridge who I think gets undeserved criticism and Cadden, and Pitts if indeed he does go can be replaced by Keags. 

That is all before we bring anyone else in which I’m sure Hoppy will be wanting to do. 

I don’t want him to go, far from it but if Austin is brought in and scored a few goals and helps get us to the playoffs then imo it would be a good deal, if we fail to make the playoffs yes it would be disappointing but no one would know if keeping Pitts would’ve made the difference or not. 

You're far more accepting then me then andy, I rate Pittman far better than anyone else we have in CM and although I like Keaghan, he isn't as good as Pittman or he'd be getting regular starts, I don't think Pittman has missed a game this season.

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6 minutes ago, LIVIFOREVER said:

You're far more accepting then me then andy, I rate Pittman far better than anyone else we have in CM and although I like Keaghan, he isn't as good as Pittman or he'd be getting regular starts, I don't think Pittman has missed a game this season.

I’m not accepting, if this is true i’d be just as gutted to lose Pitts as you and every other Livi fan, but I can understand why we would look to maximise the deal by bringing in a player in a position we’ve really been crying out for. 

I hope like yourself though that this discussion won’t mean anything and this doesn’t actually happen.

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32 minutes ago, LIVIFOREVER said:

I hope so, I doubt Hoppy will want to see him leave, he's going to be a dad soon, so a 2 year extension offer from us for a bit of security would be good incentive for him staying at Livi.

On the other hand, he'll get more money at Falkirk which will be a pretty big factor with a kid on the way.

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I hope so, I doubt Hoppy will want to see him leave, he's going to be a dad soon, so a 2 year extension offer from us for a bit of security would be good incentive for him staying at Livi.

Ultimately this will be the issue for pittman. Needs some security and currently paid peanuts. He is a really important player in the squad so needs to be paid accordingly or quite rightly, has to look elsewhere.
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Totally pains me to say this but Falkirk would probably be a perfect move in Pittman’s opinion. Hasn’t probably been as outstanding as Craig Halkett but definitely deserves a move to a higher level... Whether that materialises or not is up for debate; by all accounts he’s well settled in the area and Falkirk is easily commutable from West Lothian. I think even in League 1 Falkirk would easily be able to pay more than double what we could offer. I’d be extremely fucked off if he moved to Falkirk of all places, but it’s a money driven game and I couldn’t begrudge him getting a very decent wage.

Unsure about Austin, looked like a complete sand dancer earlier in the season and it sounds like he couldn’t hit a barn door at the moment. His record at East Fife was fairly dynamite, could be a worth punt given the turmoil Falkirk are in. Plus, Hopkin really seems to be able to get the best out of players down on confidence.

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1 minute ago, Ayia Napa Daz said:

I wish Livi fans on here weren't so quick to plug rumours of our key players leaving so quickly. It just builds momentum in the wider press and fucks me off.

I did state on every occasion that we remember it was just a rumour and there was nothing really to substantiate it other than Falkirk had been looking at him and with rumours of us getting Austin it would make sense that it could be a swap deal. 

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