KENNY MILLER hopes Livingston can carry their momentum from last term into the opening matches of his first campaign at the helm.

The striker was appointed Lions boss earlier this month after leaving Rangers at the end of the season.

The Betfred Cup clash with Airdrieonians this weekend is the first test for the 38-year-old and Livingston will also face Hamilton Accies, Annan and Berwick Rangers in Group F.

Miller’s side will mark their return to the Premiership with a trip to champions Celtic next month.

And the Tony Macaroni Arena boss is determined to get off and running on a positive footing as he takes to the dugout this term.

Miller said: “It will be a very good test for us and the first competitive game of a season is always tough.

“We need to approach the game properly if we are to get the win, but I’ve no concerns on that front because I know that this group of guys are a hard- working bunch and determined to get the best out of themselves every week.

“We’re all really looking forward to getting the chance to put things into practice that we’ve worked on in training and talked about.

“This team have built up a winning mentality with the success they’ve had over the last couple of years and we obviously want to take that belief into the League Cup and keep it going.

“They are competitive games and everybody at this club is wanting to win them all, that’s the aim.

“It’s still early days in terms of the season and in maybe getting certain ideas across, so perhaps if the time is right in games then we can look at different ideas and options.

“But we want to win the group and it’s more important that we do that.”