Scott Pittman: Livingston Legend Makes History with Most Appearances

Scott Pittman broke another club record at Livingston with his 310th appearance for the club, reports Angus McGregor.

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The fixture between Livingston and Motherwell last Saturday won’t be one that’s remembered for the ages in terms of action, with a dodgy penalty being the difference in a drab affair at Fir Park. One titbit that will be remembered was that it was a record breaking game for Livingston’s Scott Pittman, with his 310th appearance making him the West Lothian club’s all time record appearance holder.

Pittman’s tally overtakes fellow local lad Keaghan Jacobs, with Pittman’s seven years at the club seeing him produce ridiculous numbers following his arrival from Bo’ness United with a spell at Broxburn beforehand too.

Nobody would have ever imagined that Pittman would go onto achieve what he has, with the midfielder arguably being the club’s greatest ever player.

It didn’t take long for Pittman to write himself into the history books at Livingston, scoring his first goal for the club in the 2015 Challenge Cup Final 4-0 victory against Alloa. Relegation to League 1 saw Pittman become a vital cog in a rejuvenated Livingston side with his 10 goals helping the side return to the Championship at the first time of asking.

The following season saw the Lions remarkably complete back to back promotions, with Pittman having many individual highlights that secured legendary status for the Pumpherston native. Pittman’s goals in the playoffs helped Livi secure Scottish Premiership football, with his close range finish against Partick Thistle giving Livi the advantage going into the second leg, and of course, that iconic winner at Tannadice.

Forming great partnerships with Keaghan Jacobs, Shaun Byrne, Scott Robinson and Jordan Thompson in the middle of the park, Pittman epitomised what this new Livingston side was all about. Tenacious, hard-working and with quality to back it up, Pittman has remained a key part of this Livingston side. His late Lampard-esque runs into the box has made him a goal threat throughout the divisions, with Pittman holding the accolade for most goals for Livi in the top division with 20. His contributions have gone a long way in helping the Lions become consistent top six contenders and making a national cup final as well.

It’s surprising that with his form that he’s remained at Livingston, although there was reported interest from Aberdeen under Derek McInnes. With a young family and seemingly content at a competitive Livingston side, he hasn’t been tempted to leave his local side just yet with contract negotiations apparently being a breeze.

In a recent interview with Talk Livi Podcast, David Martindale expressed how much of a dream Pittman is to deal with, with the humble player appearing to be the easiest to have to deal with. In the interview, Martindale joked about how easy contract negotiations had been, with the midfielder more than happy enough to sign on without taking a look at what was being offered.

A testimonial would be more than deserving but also may be Pittman’s worst nightmare, with a day where the full attention is on him.

Within Livingston, it is widely known that Pittman is a player who likes to keep to himself and doesn’t enjoy being in the spotlight. The club have even used this when he last signed a new contract, with the announcement quickly being turned into the revelation that Josh Mullin had returned to the club.

Pittman remains a key part of this Livingston side, five years into their return to the Scottish Premiership. Now rubbing shoulders in the middle of the park alongside known quality players like Andrew Shinnie and Stephane Omeonga, Pittman has never looked out of place in the top flight. Last year, his winner against Hibs marked his 124th game in the Premiership, overtaking Oscar Rubio to have the most appearances in the top division.

One of the first names on the team sheet and a player likely to play the full 90 minutes, Pittman has been a dream signing for Livingston and is likely to add more to his already impressive numbers. Martindale will be keen to tie his ever present midfielder down to a contract that sees him remain in West Lothian, with the fan favourites deal currently running to the end of this season.

Pittman is a great example to those who didn’t make the step up to professional football through the Academy routes, showing that with the correct application and discipline you can find your own path into the game. A great example and role model for the Scottish game, Scott Pittman is undoubtedly a Livingston legend.

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