Once Rangers-linked forward Caleb Chukwuemeka has officially joined Livingston on loan from Aston Villa until the end of the season.

The Gers were first credited with interest in Chukwuemeka in June 2021, when he was playing for Northampton Town [Daily Mail], and then again the following month when Aston Villa reportedly had a bid rejected [Daily Mail].

AFC Rushden & Diamonds  v Northampton Town - Pre-Season Friendly
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It was thought that Rangers were in a three-way battle to land the teenager with Villa and Spurs [Sunday Mirror], and Villa eventually won out, with Caleb joining his brother Carney at the Birmingham club.

The Villans reportedly paid the Cobblers £300,000 and tied the player down to a three-year contract [Daily Mail].


Chukwuemeka spent the first half of the season with Villa’s U23s and impressed in Premier League 2 Division 2, scoring seven goals and notching five assists in nine appearances.

He’s now headed to Scotland to play senior football but has joined Livingston, not previous suitors Rangers.

“Caleb comes with quite a big reputation from the staff at Aston Villa and I’m sure he’s going to compliment the squad very well,” said Livi boss David Martindale on Wednesday [Livingstonfc.co.uk]. “I’m sure our fans are going to enjoy watching Caleb play.”

“He can play anywhere across the front 3 and will give us different options in the forthcoming games as he offers a very different skill set to what we have at the club already.”

Rangers Premiership loan Aston Villa Livingston Caleb Chukwuemeka
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Rangers were no doubt disappointed to miss out on the signing of Chukmuemeka in the summer, such is the young forward’s potential, and this is an impressive signing for Livi.

The Gers are scheduled take on the West Lothian club at Ibrox on 26th January and that night, the 19-year-old will get a taste of what he could have had if he’d chosen the Gers over Villa.

Meanwhile, a former Rangers striker could soon make a shock return to an SPFL club.

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