Livingston claim teenage star Matthew Knox won't be sold - despite undergoing Rangers trial

Livingston say they were under no pressure to sell teenager Matthew Knox to Rangers.

Livingston's interim chairman Robert Wilson has told Edinburgh News that the club don't intend to sell teenager Matthew Knox this summer.

Knox, 16, has emerged as one of the top young players in Scottish football during his time with Livingston, and his exploits have triggered major interest in his signature.

As reported by the Daily Record, Knox has been on trial with Premier League giants like Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, as huge English clubs line up moves for the young forward.

Back in March though, Knox intriguingly went on trial with Scottish rivals Rangers, with manager Mark Warburton keen to add young Scottish talent to his side.

The Daily Record even reported earlier this month that Rangers have already offered £75,000 to secure Knox's signature, but Livingston rejected that bid as they want £150,000 - double what the Gers have so far been willing to put on the table.

There has been no news of a renewed bid since then, and it remains to be seen whether Warburton and Rangers return with an improved offer to finally land the teenage star. 

Now though, Livingston's interim chairman Robert Wilson has told Edinburgh News that, even though Knox has been on trial at clubs and been the subject of bids, they are in fact under no pressure to sell him, and believe he will be part of the squad next season rather than being sold this summer.

"We do not have to sell him, simple as that," said Wilson. "It doesn’t make a difference what division we’re in next season so we want to keep him here and develop him. He’s only 16 and he still hasn’t played a lot of first-team football. We know the potential he’s got so it would take a really big offer to even tempt us into selling him. As far as we’re concerned, he will be at Livingston next season," he added.

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