How Celtic came close to signing Premier League high-flyer

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.

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“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.