Report: Crystal Palace take Matthew Shevlin on trial, Celtic also scouting striker

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Shevlin has agreed a trial spell with Crystal Palace, but Celtic also want him.

According to the Ballymena Times, Matthew Shevlin of Ballymena United has agreed a one-week trial with Crystal Palace, as Alan Pardew looks to bring the youngster to his development squad.

However, the forward has also been garnering interest from other quarters, with Scottish giants Celtic already scouting him, whilst Charlton are also named as an interested party.

He is said to be travelling to South London today to start his trial spell with Pardew’s men, with the view to earning a full-time contract with the Eagles.

There are no indications yet that either Celtic or Charlton are ready to offer Shevlin a similar deal, despite their reported interest in signing the young striker.

Who is Matthew Shevlin?

Shevlin, 16, is a striker of Northern Irish descent. He has been called up to his nation’s Under-17 side, having shown an eye for goal in his short spell in the Danske Bank Premiership.

He has netted three goals in just five appearances this season, and is already making waves and building a reputation despite his young age.

Quoted in the report, his manager Glenn Ferguson expressed his belief that Shevlin has shown all the talents required to make it at the top of the game.

Ferguson said: “If a young player has a knack of scoring goals and he also has a good work ethic, he can go to the top.”

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