Livingston manager Mark Burchill admits red tape is delaying signing of Jacob Esposito

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BY DARREN JOHNSTONE @CCP_Sport

Livingston manager Mark Burchill admits the club’s bid to sign Australian youngster Jacob Esposito has been held up by red tape.

The versatile right back has already agreed a deal until the end of the season but the Lions have not been able to register the player with the Scottish FA after FIFA ruled that he cannot join until the January transfer window opens.

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Esposito has impressed in training after being recommended by former Scotland internationalist Gavin Rae. The pair played alongside each other at Australian second tier outfit Hakoah Sydney City East.

But Burchill admits he is facing a frustrating delay in handing the 20-year-old his debut.

Burchill said: “We have not been able to register Jacob yet as FIFA say we’ll have to wait until January.

“Because he was a free agent we thought it would be okay and the Scottish FA agree with us, but FIFA are saying something different.

“He’s agreed his contract but we just can’t get him registered at the moment and that’s the frustrating thing.”

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