Celtic join chase for Ballymena United starlet Shevlin

Ballymena United striker Matthew Shevlin shields the ball from Glenavon's Kris Lindsay during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Mourneview Park. Picture: Press Eye.

Ballymena United striker Matthew Shevlin shields the ball from Glenavon's Kris Lindsay during Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership match at Mourneview Park. Picture: Press Eye.

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Celtic are the latest club to join the chase for Ballymena United starlet Matthew Shevlin.

The Scottish Premiership champions wanted the teenage striker to come to Glasgow for trial next week, during the school holidays - but that has had to be put on hold due to Shevlin’s involvmenet in United’s County Antrim Shield quarter-final against Crusaders next Tuesday.

The Parkhead club’s interest follows on from a successful trial for the Ballymena Academy student with English Premier League side Crystal Palace last month.

The Selhurst Park side subsequently made a trasnfer bid for the player which was rejected by Ballymena.

“There has been no contact from Crystal Palace since their initial offer,” United chairman John Taggart told Times Sport.

“Huddersfield Town have also made contact and Matthew is discussing that with Glenn (Ferguson).

“I have spoken to Huddersfield but they have not yet made any offer as such

“There is still plenty of interest in Matthew - Middlesborough, Everton and Norwich City have also been in touch.

“The thing to remember is that Matthew has plenty of time on his side - he’s still only 16 and he has other options to consider,” added John.

Shevlin and his team-mates will hope to snap a three game losing streak in the Danske Bank Premiership when they entertain Dungannon Swifts this Saturday (3pm).