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Tuesday, 23 July, 2002, 14:50 GMT 15:50 UK
Livi Lions kept hungry
Livingston will take part in this season's Uefa Cup
Oscar Rubio, Eugene Dadi and Juanjo Camacho model Livingston's new home kit
Livingston chairman Dominic Keane is happy to acknowledge that the West Lothian side will always be a selling club and believes that factor can keep players motivated.

The Almondvale outfit were forced to sell their biggest asset, David Fernandez, to Celtic for 1.25m over the summer and others could follow if they prove their worth with the Uefa Cup contenders.

Keane knows Fernandez's move allowed the club to attract the calibre of player who have arrived recently, as they see the Lions as a possible stepping stone to greater things in the future.

Former Real Madrid striker Roly Zarate, Spanish youth international Juanjo Camacho and ex-Paris St Germain defender Emmanuel Dorado have joined Argentine winger Sergio Berti and former Aberdeen marksman Eugene Dadi at Livingston.

"We think the squad we've now got will serve us well next year," said Keane.

"We've been patient, we knew probably around March the ones we were looking for but we've taken our time and fortunately the players that have come in understand the economic realities of the business and they haven't demanded the earth, the moon and the stars.


This club will always be a club that will give players a chance and if the right deal comes in then we'll let them move on.
Livingston chairman Dominic Keane
"What they understand in coming to Livingston is that they'll get a platform for the future, they're getting a chance.

"If you take Zarate, for example, who has come from Velez Sarsfield, he's looking at what happened to David Fernandez and he believes that if he works hard and plays in a team that plays the style of football that we play maybe he too has the chance of moving on.

"I think we've got to accept that this club will always be a club that will give players a chance and if the right deal comes in then we'll let them move on.

Zarate, who was playing as a trialist while international clearance papers arrive, made a good impression in Monday night's friendly with Birmingham City, scoring the second in a 2-1 victory.

Dorado had equalised against the English Premiership new-boys, but was sent off soon after following a rash challenge.

Keane is happy with the new-look squad at Almondvale as Livvy prepare to build on a fabulous first season in the SPL.

"We've cut the playing squad back a bit but we're happy that we can finance the players we've brought in," continued Keane.

"I'm sure that once they all get to match fitness we will have a squad that hopefully can do well this year."

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