ON-LOAN Rangers goalkeeper Robby McCrorie today admitted he is determined to be involved in more Hampden finals despite being unable to prevent Livingston losing the Betfred Cup decider to St Johnstone at Hampden yesterday.

McCrorie got the nod to start for the West Lothian club ahead of Max Stryjek from his manager David Martindale – but the Scotland Under-21 player was unable to prevent Callum Davidson’s men from winning 1-0.

However, the 22-year-old, who managed to get a hand to the first-half Shaun Rooney header that ultimately decided the match, admitted the experience had made him keen to sample more similar occasions in future.   

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"I think the game probably went as we expected it - two teams doing everything not to lose a goal and a set piece separated us,” he said. “We did everything we could to try and get back into the game, but, unfortunately, we didn’t manage to do that. St Johnstone cleared their lines well and we were missing that we needed to get back into it.

"The goal was just one of them. I got a fingertip to it, but I was so close but so far away. On another day I get my fingertip on it and it hits the post. It’s disappointing because we do so much work on set-pieces to try and clear our lines so to lose the game that way was disappointing.

“I love playing football and I wanted to be involved in games like this more in future. It is what it’s all about. I would like to play every week, but I know I need to work hard in training to get opportunities like this. I’m out on loan to learn.”

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Livingston have enjoyed an excellent 2020/21 campaign and are currently in fifth place in the Premiership table and in with a chance of securing a top six finish and possibly even a European place.  

McCrorie is confident the loss to St Johnstone won’t have a negative impact on Martindale’s men and is hopeful they can bounce back from the painful result in the league game against his parent club in at the Tony Macaroni Stadium on Wednesday evening.

“Unfortunately we did not win the final but the only thing we can do is make sure it does not define our season,” he said. “We need to kick on and learn as much as we can and make sure we finish as strongly as we can.

"The manager said at the end of the game that we can’t let this define our season. It was a huge game for the club and everyone was desperate to try and do it for the fans and the staff. But we need to stick together and emerge stronger from this.

“It was a great achievement to reach the final. What’s happened at the club this season has been unbelievable, but the season is not over yet. At the end of the season we will be judged on where we are come the last game. We can be proud but there’s more to come from us.

“Everyone in the dressing room is gutted but this team is more than capable of coming together when times are tough and pushing through.”

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McCrorie admitted he was disappointed for Martindale, who previously served time in jail for drug dealing and was only passed as a fit and proper person by the SFA back in January, when Livingston lost the final. 

But he has no doubts his manager will be full focused on ending their season on a high.

“What a story it would have been for the club and him if we had won,” he said. “Unfortunately it did not come off that way. But he will be as determined as all of us to try and put it right. We all want to have as successful a career as possible and get the most out of every day we are at our work. We all want to do the best we can.”