Livingston snap up Matt Gould following recommendation from his ex-Celtic stopper dad

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press

Livingston boss Mark Burchill has completed the signing of rookie goalkeeper Matt Gould after a tip-off from the player’s dad – his former Celtic teammate Jonathan Gould.

The 21-year-old arrives at Almondvale after leaving English non-league side Cheltenham Town earlier this summer and will provide competition for established number one Darren Jamieson.

As well as being the son of Jonathan, who made over 150 appearances in six years at Parkhead, Matt is the grandson of Welsh great Bobby Gould.

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Gould is part of a footballing dynasty which includes dad, Jonathan, and grandfather, Bobby

 

But Burchill is adamant the young keeper bagged his one-year deal at Livi entirely on merit following a successful trial stint in West Lothian.

Burchill told Capital City Press: “I played with his dad and he definitely comes from good footballing pedigree.

“Jonathan flagged Matt up in January when it was becoming clear that he wasn’t getting the opportunities he would like at Cheltenham.

“He told me what kind of goalkeeper he was and gave me an honest assessment.

“Matt came in four or five weeks ago and he has got better with every single training session.

“He is hungry to improve and has a sensational attitude. He is a winner and will push DJ (Darren Jamieson) all the way.”

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