First league game, first win, first clean sheet. Aston Villa loanee Matija Sarkic had a pretty special day on his league debut for Livingston.
The young stopper was thrown into his first league game by Gary Holt against Celtic, who have scored over 50 goals this season.
Nothing was beating young Sarkic though as helped his adopted club secure a shock victory.
Sarkic created a goal and performed with confidence in Livingston league bow
His all-round play was excellent. The Villains loanee came for most crosses, commanding his box with clear communication.
Handling was another positive of his. Odsonne Edouard’s second half free kick was hit with power and spin, yet Sarkic still managed to hold onto the ball firmly.
There were other moments like when Callum McGregor looked certain to reach the ball in behind, before the Montenegrin came rushing out the box to sweep up the ball.
Sarkic’s distribution was brilliant and it handed Livingston a goal. His kick from deep inside his own half landed in front of Lyndon Dykes, who lobbed Fraser Forster to secure an unlikely 2-0 victory, the first time Livi have ever beaten the Hoops.
It was an assured performance of maturity and confidence under immense pressure. He’s not only played a part in a big victory, he was one of the main men.
The Aston Villa loanee has made pretty big claim to be Livi’s number one now. For the moment, he’ll just be lapping up this incredible victory with his new teammates.