David Martindale says he will never brush off a defeat to either side of the Old Firm after watching his men being swept aside by Celtic, saying that his relegation-threatened team have to fight for every precious point available.

Livingston managed to frustrate Celtic in the first half at Almondvale and made it to the interval with the game still goalless, but a mistake by Stephen Bradley cost them dearly just after the break and the champions were able to pick them off thereafter.

Martindale says though that the Premiership’s bottom club can never accept defeat in such a manner, and have to believe they can get something from every match if they are going to stay up.

“I’ve not really seen it like that,” Martindale said.

“I’ve not been like that. That’s kind of accepting defeat and I’ve not been like that.

“I think you’re league position changes that mind-set slightly. But I don’t feel like that, I don’t get out my bed to come to this game to get beat. We needed something from the game, we needed something from the game at Parkhead.

“It’s easy to probably fall into that mind-set. It’s a part of being in the Premiership at a club of our size. But it depresses me.

“I want to get out of my bed every day, I want to win games of football. I don’t want to accept ‘Aw it was Celtic, it was Rangers, it was Hibs, Aberdeen, Hearts.’ I don’t want to be that person.

“I can see why people sometimes say that but definitely not from me. And I don’t think the players are like that either. Neither them nor the staff feel like that.

“You go out second half and to lose the goal we lost was probably the story of the season, if I’m being honest. Some bad decision making.

“Wee Stephen’s got to do better. Up to that point I felt he was doing okay. But he’s got to make better decisions. They take the ball off him, they cut it back...there’s then a shot off which Shamal (George) makes a decent save but it comes off Jamie Brandon and goes in the net.

“That’s the first goal and it’s very avoidable from our defensive point of view.”