With Santa’s visit imminent, the Spiders head east along the M8 to take on runaway league leaders Livingston on their own patch. We travel in a confident mood after last Saturday’s 1-1 draw away to Alloa, a result that extended our unbeaten run to seven games. Livi are without doubt the league’s form side having won five of their last six games, but Gus’ men have taken just one point fewer than the Lions from their last six which is no mean feat.

Ahead of the Livi game – which kicks-off at 2pm – the club media spoke to the gaffer to get his thoughts. Reflecting on the point taken against Alloa last Saturday Gus said: “It was a fantastic point and one which realistically, we would have taken had we been offered it before the game. There was a tinge of disappointment in that we took the lead in the game and never took all three points but overall we can’t be disappointed having taken something away from home against a very good Alloa side.”

Looking ahead to the Livingston clash he said: “It’s vital that we take the positives and confidence from recent performances and take these into the Livingston game. It’s the second very difficult game in a week for us and it’s important we approach the game in the right manner.

“We will be up against, in my opinion, the best team in the league. We have beaten them earlier in the season at Hampden but this will be a completely different game to that. When we beat them previously, I’m sure they would have left Hampden feeling aggrieved not to have taken anything from the game. That day we put in a solid performance and were forced to defend for long spells, which we did well.

“However, we have nothing to fear and it’s a game that we go into in a confident frame of mind, comfortable in the knowledge that if we play to our capabilities we may well take something from the game. However, we know that will be a very difficult task.”

On the squad front, the gaffer confirmed that the defence would be bolstered by the return of Ryan McGeever who is available for selection again having missed out due to suspension last week. There will also be a place up for grabs in attack, with Dario Zanatta’s loan spell having come to an end and the striker returning to Hearts.

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The opposition: High-flying Livingston currently top League One and have a commanding 10 point lead over second placed Airdrieonians. They have five wins on the bounce with their most recent victory being 2-0 against Airdrie last weekend. Their last league defeat was on November 19 when Peterhead left the Tony Macaroni Arena with all three points courtesy of a 2-1 victory.

Head to head: Played 12; Queen’s Park 2; Draw 1; Livingston 9.

Last meeting of the sides: 27/08/2016 – Queen’s Park 1-0 Livingston.

Current form: Queen’s Park – DWWWWD; Livingston – LWWWWW.

Match officials: Referee – Steven Kirkland. Assistants – David McGeachie and Connor Ashwood.

Admission prices: Adults £12; Concessions £10*; Under 16s £5.

* Full time students on production of a current matriculation card, U18s, registered disabled (if with a carer and under 65 full price paid but carer admitted free).

All children aged 12 years and under will have FREE admission to this game. They must be accompanied by a paying adult, with a maximum of three children per adult.

Twitter: Live updates available via @QueensParkFC.

Other League 1 fixtures: Albion Rovers v East Fife; Alloa Athletic v Brechin City; Stranraer v Airdrieonians.

Next match: Saturday, December 31, v Stranraer at Hampden. Kick off 3pm.