Craig Gardner relationship paves way for Birmingham City loan deal

Birmingham City winger Odin Bailey is set to join Scottish Premiership team Livingston on loan.

The 21-year-old spent the last season and a half on loan with Forest Green Rovers in Ligue 2 and is now ready for a stint north of the border.

Livingston manager David Martindale’s relationship with Blues technical director Craig Gardner paved the way for the deal.

Martindale discussed Odin’s impending loan after Livingston’s 2-1 loss to Aberdeen on Saturday.

“I have a good relationship with Craig Gardner in Birmingham, with whom I got my A and B license about four years ago now,” Martindale said, reported the Daily Record.

“Odin played alongside Nicky Cadden last year at Forest Green and Craig put me on him, so I was for him earlier in the window but Andrew Shinnie became available and stole every penny he got. I had left so I had to put it on the burner back. “

He added: “Josh Mullin opened the door on Friday and asked to be loaned to Hamilton. I have a really good relationship with Josh and if someone slams my door and says they don’t want to be at the club, I have no problem with that, I much prefer that to an unhappy player.

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“It opened the door to bring Odin in and that’s what happened. He was at the game and will sign on loan. It’s a full season with a recall in January. I was told that. they wouldn’t activate it – but I I’ve heard that before, I’m sure Cardiff said that with Ciaron Brown.

“He plays right or left, he’s a winger and sometimes Forest Green has played as a winger.

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“He’s an offensive player, excellent technique, excellent performance and good pace.

“We’re running out of winger with that extra pace, with Jaze Kabia also injured and Josh wanting to be on loan, we bring Odin to the club.”

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