LIVINGSTON midfielder Craig Sibbald is looking forward to locking horns with Scott Arfield after admitting he was inspired by the Rangers star during their Falkirk days.

Sibbald is six years younger than the Canada internationalist and even though they were not first team team-mates at the Bairns, the Lions playmaker was still in awe of Arfield from afar.

He has keep close tabs on his career but is now keen to get one over on the 30-year-old in this evening’s televised Betfred Cup quarter-final tie.

Sibbald said: “I was at Falkirk at the same time as Scott Arfield so know him from there.

“When I was younger I used to help with the kit around the place and he was on the groundstaff at the same time.

“So we would both be doing the kit and doing the boots.

“I used to look up to him, he played in the same position as me and took the penalties too.

“I remember watching him at Falkirk and thinking that’s what I want to be like in my own career. He’s done really well for himself, so was the player all the young lads at Falkirk looked up to.

“He moved on from Falkirk down to Huddersfield and did well in the Championship in England for them.

“He went to Burnley after that and played in the Premier League, so all the players at Falkirk looked at him as proof of what was possible.

“Obviously he’s come back to Rangers now and is doing well for them.

“We have spoken now and again, every time I see him we will have a chat and we’ve sent each other messages too.

“Hopefully I’ll get a chance to catch up with him this week.”

Livingston stunned Ibrox by taking the lead against Steven Gerrard’s side in the Premiership encounter before falling to a 3-1 defeat eleven days ago.

Sibbald sat out that match but has nonetheless been impressed with the Glasgow club’s start to the season.

He added: “When we played them the other week at Ibrox I wasn’t involved but thought they passed the ball well. They have had some very good results in Europe and will have plenty of confidence after beating Feyenoord.

“I watched the goals from Sunday’s game at St Johnstone and thought they were ruthless.

“They scored two late on in the space of two minutes, so that showed they can really hurt you if you switch off at any point. So we will have to be solid at the back. But we have confidence in ourselves, the gaffer brought in a lot of players over the summer but everyone is gelling well.”