Livingston manager David Martindale’s ‘good relationship’ with Birmingham City technical director Craig Gardner has helped the Scottish Premiership club land Odin Bailey.

The attacker – who can also play at wing-back – will sign a season-long loan deal at Livingston from Birmingham City. Bailey spent time on loan at Forest Green Rovers last season and will move to Scotland for further senior experience. Livingston are struggling with fitness issues and winger Josh Mullin joined Hamilton last week.

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Aberdeen beat Livingston 2-1 in the West Lothian side’s first home game of the season on Sunday. Martindale said: “I have a good relationship with Craig Gardner at Birmingham City who I did my A and B License alongside about four years ago now.

“Craig put me on to him, so I was in for him earlier in the window but Andrew Shinnie became available and stole every penny I had left so I had to put it on the back burner. Josh Mullin chapped the door on Friday and asked to go out on loan to Hamilton.

“I’ve got a really good relationship with Josh and if anybody chaps my door and says they don’t want to be at the club, I’ve not got a problem with it. I’d much rather that than an unhappy player. That opened the door to go and bring Odin in and that’s what’s happened. He was at the game and will sign on loan. It’s a full season with a January recall.”

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