Official: Nigeria Flying Eagles Midfielder Lawal Samson Signs For Scottish Club, Livingston FC


Official: Nigeria Flying Eagles Midfielder Lawal Samson Signs For Scottish Club, Livingston FC

Scottish Premiership outfit, Livingston Football Club, have completed the signing of highly rated Nigeria Under-20 midfielder, Lawal Samson from Nigeria Premier League side, Katsina United, reports.

The tireless midfielder becomes the second Nigerian to sign for the club after retired Super Eagles defender Efe Ambrose.

Lawal also joins the likes of Leon Balogun, Cyriel Dessers, and Nnamdi Ofoborh, who play their trade in the Premiership.

The 19-year-old joins on a three-year-deal from Pro Success FC and will wear the number 40 shirt for the 2023-24 campaign.

An energetic and versatile midfielder, Samson will travel with tomorrow’s squad to Ibrox although won’t be available for selection until next week’s Viaplay Cup tie with Ayr United.

Men’s first-team Manager David Martindale said: “I’m excited as to what Samson will bring to the group of players we currently have here at the club.

“He has played a number of positions in his short career – 7, 11, 8 & 10 – and most recently with ourselves in a couple of bounce games as a 6 and he was fantastic there too!

“He’s a very versatile footballer who has not long turned 19 and I genuinely believe there is a huge amount of development still to come from Samson.

“Sam comes with a good CV having just returned from the U20 FIFA World Cup in Argentina where he played in every game and helped Nigeria reach the quarter-final stage where they narrowly lost out in extra-time. Nigeria beat eventual runners-up Italy in the group stage with Samson playing an integral part in the win.

“In March 2023, he played 6 games in the U20 African Cup where he helped Nigeria reach third-place with a 4-0 win in the 3rd v 4th play-off. In total, he’s already played 12 games (over 900 minutes) for the Nigeria U20 side – 5 in the U20 World Cup, 6 in the U20 African Cup and 1 friendly since March 2023 – that goes a long way in showing you alone the potential the lad has.”

Livingston are a mid-table club in the Premiership. They have not won a trophy since they won the Scottish Challenge Cup in 2015. The club finished 7th in the Premiership last season.

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