Birmingham City talent Odin Bailey will ‘put defenders on the back foot’ at Livingston after signing a season-long loan deal, says manager David Martindale.

The Livingston boss confirmed after Sunday’s Scottish Premiership defeat to Aberdeen that Bailey had been present at the game and was set to sign on loan. Bailey has spent time out on loan at Forest Green Rovers and Martindale’s relationship with Birmingham City technical director Craig Gardner helped secure the deal.

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Left Birmingham City for Livingston this week. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Martindale said: “Odin has been on my radar for a few months to be honest but, for a variety of reasons, we were never in a place to get the deal over the line. I met Odin while Birmingham City were up in Troon for pre-season in mid-June and Craig Gardner, the Technical Director at Birmingham City, really helped push Odin our way.

“So a massive thanks to Craig for that. Odin is a player who will bring pace, creativity and a very good delivery to the wide areas He’s predominantly left-footed but can play on either wing quite comfortably. He has a great delivery and likes to put defenders on the back foot.

“With Josh Mullin asking to go out on loan, I felt it left us a little bit light in the wide areas and I’m delighted to eventually bring Odin into the football club. Again, thanks very much to Craig Gardner and Birmingham City FC.”

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