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Livingston manager Jim Leishman
"We don't worry what other clubs think"
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Wednesday, 4 July, 2001, 00:28 GMT 01:28 UK
Livingston make 17 signings
Davie Hay and Jim Leishman with their new men
Davie Hay and Jim Leishman with their new men
Livingston manager Jim Leishman paraded 17 summer signings and told rivals who say his club have overspent to mind their own business.

Leishman was talking as he unveiled latest acquisitions Stuart Lovell, Gary Bollan and Nathan Lowndes.

He has also signed players with experience with the likes of Brescia, Real Madrid, Deportivo La Coruna and Real Zaragoza.

St Johnstone chairman Geoff Brown recently criticised Livingston for spending so much on such players at a time when other clubs in the Scottish Premier League were attempting to cut back on spiralling player costs.

But Leishman said: "We had to increase the quality of players.

Offering higher wages

"We are just investing in Livingston Football Club. If that's a problem for other teams, that's their problem."

Bollan and Lowndes had turned down offers to sign new contracts at St Johnstone in favour of joining promoted Livingston, while Lovell moved from Hibernian.

Happy arrival Massimiliano Caputo
Happy arrival Massimiliano Caputo
Brown believes that, by offering higher wages, Livingston threaten to fuel wage inflation in Scotland.

But Leishman says they had to act as his club's ambition is to finish their first season in the top flight in a safe, mid-table position rather than struggling to avoid relegation.

Even so, he admits that they probably now have too large a squad.

Livingston have 31 players, but only 22 will be taken on their pre-season tour to Holland later in the week.

"Davie Hay and I and John Robertson have been out and about and hopefully put together a squad that will make sure that we don't make a fool of ourselves in the SPL," he said.

"The chairman makes sure we don't rest on our laurels.

"To win the First Division was absolutely fantastic, but that is history now and progress means we have to bring new players in.

Oscar Ramos likes what he sees
Oscar Ramos likes what he sees
"We released nine players and have brought in 10 senior players with good experience at a higher level."

Leishman pointed out that all the players had been free agents and that some of the cost was balanced by the sale of goalkeeper Neil Alexander to Cardiff City.

The 17 signings total is subject to a medical for Francisco Guinovart.

Spanish midfielder "Quino" has left Deportivo Badajoz. He previously played for Malaga.

Strong striking partnership

Massimiliano Caputo is on a year's loan from Serie A club Brescia.

He could form a strong striking partnership with David Fernandez, who had originally joined on a short-term deal from Airdrieonians along with goalkeeper Javier Sanchez Broto.

Young former Morton top scorer Stephen Whalen will also be hoping to break into the big-time.

French defender Philipe Brinquin had impressed last season and signed a long-term deal despite an offer from former club FC Lorient.

Defender Oscar "Rubio" Ramos is the man who started his career at Real Madrid, his last club being Farense in Portugal.

Livingston's magnificent 17:

Gary Bollan (defender, from St Johnstone)

Massimiliano Caputo (forward, from Brescia)

Francisco Guinovart (midfielder, from Deportivo Badajoz)

Michael Hart (defender/midfielder, from Aberdeen)

Stuart Lovell (midfielder/forward, from Hibernian)

Nathan Lowndes (forward, from St Johnstone)

Oscar Ramos (defender, from Farense)

Philippe Brinquin (defender, previously with Havre)

Javier Sanchez Broto (goalkeeper, previously with Airdrieonians)

David Fernandez (forward, previously with Airdrieonians)

Stephen Whalen (forward, from Morton)

Vincent Sullivan (forward, from Celtic)

Steven Swift (defender/midfielder, from Benburb juniors)

Scott Findlay (goalkeeper, from St Johnstone)

Darren Brady (midfielder, from Dundee United)

David McGuire (forward, from Dundee United)

Paul McLaughlin (forward, from Celtic)

See also:

04 Jul 01 |  Livingston
Players praise Livi ambition
25 Jun 01 |  Livingston
Lovell linked with Livingston
11 Jun 01 |  Livingston
Livvy coaches get a lift
09 Jun 01 |  Livingston
Brinquin signs up at Livingston
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