David Martindale passes SFA fit and proper test

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Livingston boss David Martindale has been deemed ‘fit and proper’ after an SFA hearing this morning.

The Livi boss is yet to be beaten having taken over the reigns from Gary Holt who quit Almondvale at the end of November.

Martindale has made no secret of his past which included jail-time for drug-dealing offences.

He has always retained his sincere gratitude to the West Lothian side for seeing past his crimes and giving him a second chance.

And he has paid them back big-time as they are now 11 games unbeaten since he took over and are now into the Betfred cup final after Sunday’s narrow win over St Johnstone.

The Scottish FA statement read: “The Scottish FA can confirm that following a scheduled meeting between a sub-committee of the Professional Game Board, the Livingston manager, David Martindale, and club officials pursuant to Article 10, it has accepted the representations from Livingston FC that Mr Martindale is a fit and proper person to be included in the club’s Official Return.”

Martindale – who started working as a volunteer at the club to get his life back on track – will now hope this puts his past to bed.

A relieved Martindale said: “I would like to go on record thanking everybody at the SFA, SPFL and more importantly, I’d like to thank every single person on social media, the fans, pundits and media, for their support.

“A big thank you also to Hannah Bardell MP, Angela Constance MSP and Professor Phil Scraton and I’m delighted that the SFA has given me a chance to progress my career with Livingston Football Club.”

The Lions sit fifth in the Scottish Premiership, eight points behind fourth placed Hibs.

They will be favourites to make it 12 unbeaten tomorrow night when they welcome Kilmarnock to the Tony Macaroni Arena.

Feature image credit: The Scottish Sun & Livingston FC

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