Matija Sarkic says that his Montenegro debut is something he’ll ‘cherish’ forever after the Aston Villa loanee’s Livingston form earned him a call-up.
After his first Premiership start against Celtic, Sarkic has made himself Gary Holt’s number one at the Tony Macaroni Arena.
It’s led to a Montenegro bow against Belarus, something which Sarkic is extremely pleased with.
“I made my first appearance for my country, we won, and we kept a clean sheet. I’ve kept my shirt from the game and I will cherish it,” Sarkic told the Scottish Daily Mail (page 127, 23/11/19).
“My dad flew over to watch. The same day my twin brother Oliver got a goal for Burton Albion against Salford City so it was a good afternoon for the family.”
Livingston form reaps reward for Sarkic
It’ll have been a privilege for the young keeper to appear for his nation. He had made some youth appearances for his nation but never a senior one.
So far this term Sarkic has made seven Premiership appearances for Livingston, with his distribution, handling and sharp reflexes all key aspects of his game.
His most recent appearance though was his toughest, enduring a Celtic onslaught at Parkhead as the Hoops won 4-0. It’ll have been a learning curve for the international goalkeeper.
Despite this setback, Sarkic will be very pleased with how the past few months have.