By Alex Stevens
Seamus Coleman has revealed he had a trial at Celtic just weeks before he signed for Everton.
The Republic of Ireland right-back has admitted that he came very close to joining the Scottish champions before completing a move to Everton in 2009 for just £60,000.
Celtic, Birmingham and Burnley all invited Coleman for a trial after he caught the eye of their scouts while playing for League of Ireland side Sligo Rovers as a teenager.
Coleman came over for a trial at Celtic in February 2009 at the age of 20, and the right-sided defender felt he performed quite well.
However, Celtic delayed completing a transfer and Everton took advantage of the Bhoys’ hesitancy to land the defender.
“I did quite well at Celtic,” Coleman told the Irish Times. “I don’t know if Celtic and Sligo spoke about a transfer fee. Gordon Strachan was the manager.
“There was a trial game and I trained with the first team a couple of times and he took the training. I got word that they were interested to make something happen but I don’t know how far it got.
“Thankfully Everton didn’t want me on trial. They just signed me.”
Since moving to Everton, Coleman, now aged 27, has established a reputation as one of the finest right-backs in the Premier League.