Livingston FC is delighted to announce the loan signing of Northern Irish goalkeeper Michael McGovern from Heart of Midlothian until the end of the 2023/24 season.
With an abundance of experience in not only the Scottish top flight, but the English Premiership and Championship too, as well as representing Northern Ireland at the 2016 European Championships, the 39-year-old arrives in West Lothian from Gorgie and will provide competition for both Jack Hamilton and Shamal George.
A product of Celtic’s youth system, Michael collected two Scottish Cup winners medals in his time there before spells on loan with Stranraer and St Johnstone preceded a permanent move to Dundee United in 2008.
A year in Dundee was followed by two-years in Dingwall with Ross County where the stopper helped the Staggies to a Scottish Cup final, losing on the day to former club Dundee United – but did go on to win the Challenge Cup the following season with a 2-0 win over Queen of the South.
A successful 3-year spell at Falkirk would follow, lifting the Challenge Cup once again as well as claiming back-to-back appearances in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year.
Michael took the step into the top flight with Hamilton Academical in 2014, helping Accies keep their place in the Premiership whilst there, putting in some terrific performances across two-seasons – so good in fact that English Championship side Norwich City would come calling in 2016, seeing Michael make the move down south.
Norwich would win the EFL Championship in 2019, with Michael then making his English Premiership debut in the 2019/20 season. Relegation would follow but the ‘keeper was involved the following campaign, helping the Canaries bounce back to the top flight immediately for the 21/22 season.
Michael called time on his Norwich career at the end of the 2022/23 season, joining Hearts in the Summer but will now spend the remainder of this campaign with us here at Livingston.
On the signing, manager David Martindale said: “I’m delighted to bring Michael into the building.
“He brings a wealth of experience into the dressing room and is a top professional on and off the park which can only help the group.
“Ideally, it wasn’t a position we were overly looking to strengthen as I feel we could use the resources elsewhere but the trip to Turkey highlighted that we needed another ‘keeper in the building.
“Neither Jack or Shamal were available for the games over in Turkey due to injuries and Jack’s probably takes him beyond the January window so we felt we needed another goalkeeper in the building now.
“I would like to say a huge thanks to Heart of Midlothian, and particularly Joe Savage, for their help in getting this done.”
Welcome to West Lothian, Michael!