Livingston manager David Hopkin
At the age of just 17, Matthew Knox already has a league title under his belt. Livingston are 16 points clear at the top of Scottish League One with a promotion to the second tier sewn up.
However, it appears unlikely that their prodigious playmaker will be sticking around next season. The teenager has already had trials at a number of Premier League clubs while Rangers had a bid rejected last summer, according to Capital City Press.
And Livingston manager David Hopkin admitted after the weekend’s 4-0 thrashing of Queens Park that it’s unlikely Livingston will be able to hang onto their prized asset for much longer.
“I thought young Matthew Knox was outstanding on Saturday. His fitness levels for a young boy are incredible, and some of his touches and skill are great,” Hopkin told Capital City Press.
“I think it will be difficult to hold on to him, there were three or four people there on Saturday watching him again.
“We need to make sure we’re not just letting him go to anybody just for the sake of money. We need to make sure it works both ways for the club and Matthew.”
Livingston clearly have Knox’s best interests at heart, and that should have a substantial impact on his destination. The midfielder spent time with Manchester United recently but, if he wants to develop, perhaps moving to Rangers would be the better option.
Pedro Caixinha has shown a commendable commitment to the club’s next generation. Since he arrived at the club in March, Myles Beerman and David Bates (below) have not only made their debuts but established themselves as important first-team players.
And Knox admitted to the Daily Record last year that he would find it difficult to turn down a prospective move to Ibrox if the opportunity arose. This should be all the encouragement Rangers need.
Opportunity Knox, then, for young Matthew.