BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Livingston head coach David Hopkin has lauded Marc McCallum’s maturity and work ethic after making the young goalkeeper his third signing of the transfer window.
The 22-year-old has penned a deal with the Lions until the end of the season after negotiating an early release from his contract with Dundee United on Monday.
McCallum spent the first half of the season on loan at Livi, usurping the experienced Darren Jamieson as the club’s number one and making 13 appearances.
The towering stopper joins Mark Fotheringham and loan signing Sam Stanton as January arrivals – and could be back between the sticks for Hopkin’s men against Rangers on Saturday.
Hopkin told Capital City Press: “We are delighted that he has signed because he has done really well for us.
“Marc has looked assured for his age, he has a great presence about him and he a player who wants to go far in the game. You can see that in training and his desire during games.
“Marc and Darren Jamieson will fight for the No.1 jersey now, and it’s another portion of the team sorted out. Hopefully there will be a few more to come.”
Meanwhile, McCallum admits he is delighted to have secured a swift return to Almondvale after impressing for the Championship strugglers this season.
He did, however, hail United for the part played in his development, despite failing to cement a first-team place during almost seven years in Tayside, making just one senior appearance against Aberdeen in 2014.
McCallum tweeted: “Delighted to have signed for Livingston until the end of the season! Great to be in with the boys already.
“I would like to thank everyone at Dundee United for the last 6 and a half years, it was time to move on, but can’t thank the club and the fans enough for the support over the years.”
Meanwhile, Livi have released 21-year-old full-back Ross Millen by mutual consent.
The former Dunfermline kid was signed by Mark Burchill last summer but struggled to make his mark in the first team, registering 11 starts for the West Lothian outfit.