Matija Sarkic is delighted to have jumped on his big Livingston chance after Gary Holt handed the Aston Villa loanee a league debut against Celtic.

The stopper was limited to cup appearances prior to his Celtic swansong. A clean sheet and an assist later in a 2-0 win over the Hoops, Sarkic had made an extremely strong case for the Livi number one spot.

Aston Villa man Sarkic is impressing at Livingston. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

He hasn’t been removed since and the Montenegrin is grateful for the big opportunity.

Sarkic told the Daily Record (page 59, 26/10/19): “I was handed my opportunity against Rangers in the League Cup and I proved myself and showed what I could do. I was given another chance against Celtic and I did myself justice by playing well again in that one.

“But credit must also has to go to the boys who are playing directly in front of me. That’s what football’s all about as you are going to have ups and downs but when the chance comes to seize the opportunity you need to do that so I’m pleased to have done that.

He’s seized an opportunity. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

“Now it’s up to me to keep the shirt and I’m willing to do all that I can to do well for both myself and for the team.”

Another clean sheet this weekend

After a disappointing second appearance against Kilmarnock ended in defeat, Sarkic returned to home soil in West Lothian against Hearts for his third Premiership appearance.

Another clean sheet beckoned for him as the ten men of Livingston held on for a 0-0 draw against Hearts. Sarkic made a few good saves, with one really important one denying Uche Ikpeazu when the striker had the goal in his sights.

The Livi stopper denied the Hearts powerhouse. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It seems as if Gary Holt has elected the Villa man as his number one for now, and to be fair to Sarkic, he has shown why he deserves to be in that position with a few stellar performances.

He’ll be looking to build on his strong start in the coming weeks as challenging fixtures away to Hibs and Motherwell await his adopted side.

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