Jacobs maintains Scottish focus

The 29-year-old is enjoying a stellar campaign in his first season in Scotland’s Premier League, having played 17 of the club’s 21 matches so far as they currently lie just outside the top half in seventh place on the log.

As Livingston’s most capped player, Jacobs’ star was elevated further last season as his goal in the play-offs secured the club promotion for the first time since 2006. After losing the first game of the season to Scottish giants Celtic, Livingston went on an eight-match unbeaten run as they bounced in and out of the top four, before an inconsistent set of recent results saw them slide down to seventh. 

Not a lot was expected from the newly-promoted side however, yet Jacobs feels his side can still compete amongst the elite in the Scottish top-flight. 

“A lot of the teams we played last year – the likes of Dundee United and Partick Thistle – were like Premier League teams, and looking at the team we’ve got this season, we still have a lot of players from last year,” he tells KickOff.com. “I don’t see why we can’t compete in this league, and the way we started the season was unbelievable.” 

Jacobs has already had the privilege of playing away at Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers and Celtic, an experience he says he’ll never forget. 

“It’s unbelievable!” he says. “The atmosphere was brilliant in both games, and as a footballer, those are the games you want to play, and I loved both experiences.” 

Jacobs, who spent a forgettable season at Bidvest Wits in the 2015/16 campaign which punctured his 15-year association with Livingston so far, has received widespread acclaim for his eye-catching displays so far this season while being named in the Premier League Team of the Week on numerous occasions. 

Talk of a move to a more prominent league is thus rife, yet Jacobs insists he is happy where he is and is not entertaining thoughts of a move at present. 

“It’s not in my mind at all to be honest,” he says. “I’m very happy where I am and my concentration is on Livingston and doing as well as we can this season, and I’m not looking any further at the moment.” 

Livingston are next in action on Sunday, 20 January when they take on Hearts in the fourth round of the Scottish FA Cup. 

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