Livingston boss Gary Holt has praised Aston Villa loanee Matija Sarkic following a promising League Cup display.

The Villain’s stopper moved to West Lothian during the summer on a season-long loan deal. Since then, he has played just twice during Livi’s promising start to the season.

Sarkic has only played twice for Livingston since his move from Aston Villa. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

His latest match was a 1-0 defeat to Rangers, but Holt was full of praise for the young keeper.

He told BT Sport 1 at 21:57 (25/09): “I thought he had a good game. I thought he did his job well.

“There were a couple of times with crosses where he kind of flapped a wee bit. But I thought shot stopping, kicking, and commanding his area were things he did well.

Holt is pleased with the young keeper. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“I thought he did really well and did himself no harm.”

Aston Villa loanee Sarkic was brilliant against Rangers

At times against the Ibrox side, Sarkic was called into action. He made numerous good stops, including one at close range when Sheyi Ojo went through one on one with him.

He reacted quickly and made a smart save to keep Livi in the game. The away side had six shots on target (BBC), so Sarkic had to be on his toes to prevent Rangers scoring more than just once.

Had to be on red alert. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

With the goal he conceded he was very unlucky. Glen Kamara’s shot looked like it was heading towards him before Nicky Devlin’s knee flicked it into the opposite corner.

This was only Sarkic’s second appearance for Livi. The Aston Villa man has been second choice so far, but he certainly showed Holt he has the potential to be the club’s number one.

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