He was once touted as one of Scotland’s brightest footballing prospects, but after a frustrating spell at Hibernian, Sam Stanton is looking to remind everyone why he was so well hyped.
Last week Stanton agreed to join Ladbrokes Championship side Livingston on loan until the end of the season in a search for first-team action.
The 21-year-old didn’t have to wait long, playing the full 90 minutes as Livi were edged out 1-0 by Morton at the weekend in the Scottish Cup Fourth Round.
Despite the disappointment of a cup exit, the midfielder was happy to get some game time.
“I was delighted just to be back on the pitch against Morton on Saturday. My fitness is pretty good. I found the last five minutes quite tough but I expected that anyway.
“I’ll get fitter the more games I play. Livingston are a good club so I’m really happy to be here,” he said.
Stanton signed a four-year-deal with Hibs in April 2014, but has struggled to feature regularly under Alan Stubbs this term as the Edinburgh side battle Rangers and Falkirk for the title and Premiership football.
“I had a chat with the gaffer before I joined Livingston and he’s just told me to go out and get games.
“It’s always frustrating not being involved but I think with the results Hibs have had this year and the long run they went on, it was difficult for me to break into the first team,” the midfielder added.
Stanton could help kill two birds with one stone this weekend, as Livi head to Ibrox to face Rangers.
The Lions may be unlikely victors at 17/1, but stranger things have happened in football and even a draw at 13/2 would go a long way to aiding both Stanton’s interests at the top and bottom of the Ladbrokes Championship.
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