Martindale pleasantly surprised by quiet window published at 12:08 22 June
12:08 22 June
Livingston boss David Martindale says he's content with the lack of activity early in the transfer window.
Martindale admitted he's braced for interest in goalkeeper Max Stryjek and centre-back Jack Fitzwater, but the 47-year-old is pleasantly surprised that the key duo currently remain part of his squad.
"There’s been nothing concrete on either player as of right now," he told the Courier. "There have been a few agents making calls and asking questions but nothing in terms of a formal offer that’s been put to the club.
"I’m really surprised by that if I’m being honest but also happy that they are still at the club because they’re both very good players who improve the squad at Livingston."
Livi's Kabia set for second loan spell?published at 11:19 21 June
11:19 21 June
Reports are linking Livingston winger Jaze Kabia with another spell away from West Lothian.
The 21-year-old is set for a loan switch to Championship side Greenock Morton, according to the Daily Record, external.
The Irishman, who spent the latter part of last season at Falkirk in League 1, has struggled for minutes with Livingston, making just 12 appearances since signing in January 2021.
What do you make of Livingston's fixtures?published at 14:06 17 June
14:06 17 June
Obviously, everyone plays each other three times before the split - but what do you make of this season’s fixtures as a Livingston fan?
Where will David Martindale be looking to go on a good run? Is there a tricky looking set of fixtures in there?
Christmas Eve fixtures returnpublished at 12:03 17 June
12:03 17 June
Early warning, don't leave your Christmas shopping until the day before... there's football to be played.
This season sees a full card of Christmas Eve fixtures return for the first time in 11 years. It also means there will be no Boxing Day games.
Celtic, who will be looking to retain their title, host St Johnstone that day, while rivals Rangers face a long trip to the Highlands to face Ross County.
On paper, the pick of the games is at Tannadice as Dundee United welcome Hearts, plus Kilmarnock travel to Motherwell and Livingston are at Hibernian.
Get the Santa hats and Christmas jumpers looked out...
Why the mid-season break?published at 09:35 17 June
09:35 17 June
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last wee while, it's all due to the controversial Qatar World Cup taking place this winter.
Given Scotland haven't qualified, the break - taking place between 12 November and 17 December - might seem a touch unnecessary now, but the Premiership shutdown will remain in effect for a variety of logistical and commercial reasons.
Chief among those is that the group stages of the European club competitions must be completed a month earlier than normal and that Celtic, Rangers and Hearts are all guaranteed to be involved.
The latter will play on Thursday evenings, so must have six Premiership matches on Sundays. Fine. But what if their domestic opponents are one of the Old Firm, who might have a European engagement the following Tuesday? It'll be the end of August before that is known - far too late to wait and see.
"Having five teams in Europe is fantastic but presents additional fixturing challenges," says SPFL company secretary Calum Beattie. "We've had to build that in, trying to avoid certain matches on certain weekends, which gets quite complicated.
"We know they will play each other at some point so there's no competition integrity issues - it just means you've got to bake that constraint into the recipe. But if you add more constraints, it throws up other things you don't like..."
Where's your team on the opening day?published at 09:03 17 June
09:03 17 June
Livingston's key Premiership datespublished at 09:01 17 June
09:01 17 June
Livingston begin at home to Rangers before a trip to face Dundee United.
David Martindale’s side have a particularly tricky start. Next up is Hibs at home on 13 August, Motherwell away on 20 August, a trip to Aberdeen a week later, Hearts at home on 3 September, then Celtic away.
A visit to the capital awaits on Christmas Eve to face Hibernian, and they kick off the new year with a home encounter with Motherwell.
Schwake moves to Morton on loanpublished at 20:33 16 June
20:33 16 June
Livingston goalkeeper Brian Schwake has joined Greenock Morton on a season-long loan.
The 20-year-old helped Edinburgh City achieve promotion to Scottish League One for the first time last season after a play-off win over Annan Athletic.
Illinois-born Schwake had initially been farmed out to Lowland League side Linlithgow Rose after joining Livingston in 2020 from Chicago university outfit DePaul Blue Demons.
Now, after 42 appearances that led to him being named in the SPFL League Two Team of the Season, the American joins Dougie Imrie's side in the second-tier Championship.
'Great signing' Maley stays as coachpublished at 16:34 16 June
16:34 16 June
Gary Maley staying on as first-team goalkeeping coach after retiring as a player has been described by Livingston manager David Martindale as a "great signing".
The 39-year-old, nicknamed "Stretch", was brought on for the closing 15 minutes of the final game of the season - a 2-1 Scottish Premiership win over Dundee - as a last hurrah as a player.
It was only his 12th appearance in six years at Almondvale - and first in more than a year - but he had already been helping the club's young goalkeepers in recent months, as well as working through his coaching certificates.
"Over the years, he has taken the reserve team and helped out with the first-team on the odd occasion from a coaching point of view - and he has also been the head of academy goalkeeping since it was re-introduced this year," Martindale told his club website.
"He has had some fantastic coaching from Tony Caig previously and more recently Stuart Garden. He has worked with some top keepers over the years at Livingston too - Neil Alexander, Liam Kelly, Robby McCrorie to name a few."
With Maley remaining at Livingston, 50-year-old former Montrose player and manager Garden leaves the club at the end of his contract.