Tranent Juniors strike deal for former Rangers, Manchester United, and Liverpool trialist

Tranent Juniors have bolstered their squad with the signing of former Livingston forward Matthew Knox.

Sunday, 11th April 2021, 12:36 pm
Matthew Knox in action for Brechin City during a Betfred Cup group match against Ross County in 2019
Matthew Knox in action for Brechin City during a Betfred Cup group match against Ross County in 2019

The East of Scotland side beat off competition from a number of clubs in Scotland and England to secure the services of the 21-year-old, who was most recently turning out for Northern Irish Danske Bank Premiership outfit Warrenpoint Town after spells with East Fife, Berwick Rangers and Brechin City.

Manager Calum Elliot said: “Matthew is a huge coup for the club; a special talent with undoubted ability.

"He’s shown a real willingness to join the club and to reconnect with his passion for football. I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

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Knox entered the history books when he made his debut for Livingston just four days after turning 16 and his promise earned him trials with Rangers, Manchester United, Liverpool, Barnsley, and Sunderland.

However, despite moves to Ibrox and the Stadium of Light looking close to being done, Knox’s next move was to join East Fife on loan during the 2017/18 season. He played ten times for the then League Two outfit, and returned to the division the following season with Berwick.

He then spent a third straight season in the fourth tier when he joined Brechin City on a permanent deal in July 2019, leaving West Lothian after 25 appearances for the Lions.

Able to play up front or on either wing, Knox is hopeful of kickstarting his career at Foresters Park, adding: “I can’t wait to get started and hopefully push the club towards its ambitions for next season.”

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