Aston Villa goalkeeper Matija Sarkic has insisted that his experience in the lower reaches of English football means he will savour his Livingston spell.

The Montenegrin stopper made his first league start for the Lions a few weeks ago against Celtic. It was a historic afternoon for the club, beating Celtic for the first time in their history, with the Villa loanee keeping a clean sheet and even notching an assist.

Sarkic is on loan at Livingston from Aston Villa. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

He has been in the eighth tier of English football with Stratford Town and he’s also played in the fifth tier with Havant and Waterlooville.

Sarkic says this has made him appreciate his Livingston switch. He told the Daily Record (page 58, 19/10/19): “My first loan was at Wigan but I didn’t play a single game and then I went to Stratford in the eighth tier.

“Now I’ll never take anything for granted. When people talk about poor pitches up here I just laugh because the conditions in Stratford’s division were much worse.”

Aston Villa loanee Sarkic has the chance to become the Livingston number one

Prior to his appearance against Celtic, Sarkic had been limited to appearances in cup competitions. In those games though, Sarkic displayed good handling, kicking and the ability to command his area.

Comfortable on the ball. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

Gary Holt elected to start him in Livingston’s recent match against Kilmarnock. It wasn’t as fruitful as his Celtic appearance though, as his adopted side fell to Kilmarnock in a 2-1 defeat.

Aston Villa loanee Sarkic was left helpless at the first Killie goal before he was left wrong-footed as Rory McKenzie double the Kilmarnock advantage.

It was a good nod for Sarkic though. Gary Holt has given the Aston Villa man a couple of games now to show that he can be the club’s number one this term.

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