Livingston’s Mark Burchill relishing chance to pit wits against Davie Moyes and Real Sociedad


BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press

Livingston manager Mark Burchill is relishing the prospect of lining up against Davie Moyes later this month – he just hopes Real Sociedad do not bring their ‘A’ game.

The West Lothian outfit have stepped in to provide Moyes’ La Liga outfit with opposition for a friendly on July 14 after plans for the Spaniards to face Rangers fell through.

Real are already taking on Celtic at St Mirren Park on July 10 during a training stint in Scotland and were supposed to make it an Old Firm double-header by playing against Rangers four days later – at Livingston’s Almondvale.

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Burchill is hoping Real Sociedad go easy in friendly


However, Livi, who have scrapped a friendly against Albion Rovers planned for the same night, will now provide the opposition – and Burchill hopes his revamped side do not prove to be lions to the slaughter.

He said: “Real actually contacted us to play Rangers in a friendly at Livingston but then Rangers pulled out and they still wanted a game, so we’ve stepped in.

“I know Kenny Moyes, Davie Moyes’ brother, well and it will be fantastic for me to be in the opposite dugout to such an experienced and excellent manager as Davie Moyes.

“It will also be brilliant for the boys to play against as good a team as Real – I’m just hoping they don’t bring their A game and treat it more like a training session!

“Hopefully we can put on a good show and try and attract a few fans down to the ground that could stay with us for the season ahead.”