Livingston have confirmed the signing of Aston Villa goalkeeper Matija Sarkic on a season-long loan deal.

Having lost number one goalkeeper Liam Kelly this summer, reinforcements were needed in the area. The Villains goalkeeper has been brought in to rival fellow Livi stopper Ross Stewart for the number one shirt.

Sarkic is a Livingston player now. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

He hasn’t played much senior football, but judging by the way some Aston Villa fans have reacted to the news, Gary Holt may be onto a winner.

Sarkic optimism from some Aston Villa fans should give Livingston hope

Ask any Livingston fan whether they’ve heard of Sarkic. If they respond with a yes, they’re either a Villa fan in disguise or complete liars.

Livi fans are heading into the unknown with this guy. Given the overwhelming positive feedback to his loan deal though from Villa fans, it seems like Holt has secured a decent stopper.

Vila fasn seem to like Sarkic.  (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

The Montenegro stopper has featured in some matchday squads for Villa. He hasn’t as of yet made a first team appearance though.

He did, however, get some high level game time with Wigan whilst with the Latics during the 2017/18 campaign.

Lions boss Holt seems pleased with his new signing, regardless of experience. He told the club’s website: “We feel we have brought a fantastic keeper to the club in Matija, he hasn’t played a-lot of first team football but comes to us highly recommended and we have done our research on the lad which all came back very positive.

Sarkic is a Montenegrin youth international (SAVO PRELEVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

“We feel that this move is a win-win for all parties: Matija will get some much needed game time and we are getting a GK which realistically would have been a good bit out-with our wage structure.”

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