Livingston boss Gary Holt believes Matija Sarkic is on the road to receiving more international call-ups after the Aston Villa loanee received his first earlier this month.

The 22-year-old is currently enjoying a decent spell in West Lothian following his move from Villa Park. He’s made seven appearances and earned a senior international berth for Montenegro so far.

Sarkic has been impressing Livingston boss Holt. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Holt believes this is just the start of the young keeper’s international journey.

“I was delighted for Matija,” Holt told the Scottish Sun (page 73, 28/11/19). “It takes a lot to come away from your club who have just won promotion to the Premier League.

“Matija had to bid his time to get a chance here and he took it very well. I’m very pleased he has stepped onto the international scene too.

Left impressed by what he’s witnessed. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“His first game was a clean sheet and a victory. Thar can only have made a good impression.”

Sarkic has been patient

He had made youth appearances for Montenegro prior to his senior berth, but a lack of first-team action meant Sarkic couldn’t fully break into the senior international side.

Patiently waiting, Sarkic’s move to Livingston has allowed him to flourish. In West Lothian too he had to remain patient, for his league debut never arrived until September.

Patience has been key. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

In that game though he kept a clean sheet and notched an assist as Livi beat Celtic 2-0. Sarkic hasn’t looked back since and is now Holt’s undisputed number one.

Sarkic will be hoping his adopted club start to put more points on the board. They currently sit two points from bottom in eight place.

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