Matija Sarkic says his decision to leave Aston Villa on loan for Livingston has been justified by his international call-up.

The keeper will link up with the Montenegro squad this month after a string of starts at loan club Livi. In five Premiership matches, he has kept two clean sheets.

Decent enough form. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Speaking to the Daily Record (page 58, 02/11/19) Sarkic belives that his Montenegro recognition ‘justifies’ his loan decision.

He said: “The call-up justifies my decision to come up here. As soon as I got the call to come to Livingston I felt it was a good opportunity.”

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Sarkic had an unfortunate moment in latest Livingston appearance

The Montenegrin stopper started once more for the Lions against Motherwell, although they went down 2-1 losers. Goals from Chris Long and Allan Campbell either side of a Steven Lawless penalty did the damage for the home side.

Motherwell toppled Livi. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was Long’s goal though shortly after the restart that Sarkic may look back on with regret. Despite a decent performance that included decent kicking, handling and a few smart saves, Long’s goal will be a frustrating one for him.

Long’s shot from the right was straight at the Villa loanee, but he couldn’t stop it, as it slid under him and into the net.

It’s a frustrating one for Sarkic but he’ll be hoping to bounce back from this when Livi take on Rangers next Sunday.

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