Neil McGuinness shares reasons why Seamus Coleman's Celtic trial was unsuccessful

Seamus Coleman for Republic of Ireland

Everton defender Seamus Coleman had a trial with Celtic.

Former Celtic scout Neil McGuinness has told Sky Sports that the situation surrounding Seamus Coleman's Celtic trial was 'difficult'.

The Bhoys have been criticised of late for their dealings in the transfer market, as manager Ronny Deila has overseen a host of poor signings during his time at the club.

Players like Jo Inge Berget, Aleksandar Tonev, Mubarak Wakaso, Stefan Scepovic, Dedryck Boyata, Nadir Ciftci, Tyler Blackett and Carlton Cole have all arrived with little to no success, and that regression in the transfer market has seen the Bhoys struggle to qualify for the Champions League group stage.

Now, former Bhoys scout Neil McGuinness has been speaking to Sky Sports about Celtic's recruitment in recent years, and focused on the failed trial of Everton defender Seamus Coleman.

Coleman, now 27, has become one of the Premier League's top right backs during his time with Everton, but it all could have been so different for the Republic of Ireland international.

Shortly before signing for Everton back in 2009, Coleman - who was with Sligo Rovers at the time - travelled over to Glasgow for a trial with Celtic, but was ultimately unsuccessful in his hopes of winning a contract with the Bhoys.

Everything turned out okay for Coleman in the end, but it's another instance of Celtic failing in the transfer market - and McGuinness has discussed the situation.

McGuinness admitted that it was difficult for Coleman, and thinks that big clubs sometimes decide too early on young players, as Celtic did with Coleman.

The former scout suggested that the Bhoys should have given Coleman more time to settle before making a decision, and fans would no doubt agree that letting him walk without a contract was a huge mistake. 

"Cases like Coleman are difficult," said McGuinness. "It's perhaps taking into account the bigger picture, that they are on trial, that they are still developing, they are young guys, and there's a lot of growth to be had, there's an opportunity to be had.

"Maybe sometimes clubs are making the decisions a bit too quickly on some of these guys, in and out, it's going to come back and haunt you at some point, it's maybe about giving more time to settle into their surroundings before decisions are made," he added.

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