Manchester United trialist Matthew Knox has ‘unbelievable potential’ insists Livingston head coach David Hopkin



Livingston head coach David Hopkin insists teenager Matthew Knox has ‘unbelievable’ potential after Manchester United became the latest club to take an interest in the striker.

The 16-year-old is currently on trial with the English giants having already trained with Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham.

A host of Scottish teams, including Hearts and Dundee United, are also keeping tabs on the highly-rated youngster but Knox is expected to be lured south of the border when he does leave the West Lothian outfit.

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Knox has only made two substitute appearances for Livi

Knox made his Lions debut as a substitute in the 4-1 Boxing Day victory at St Mirren, just four days after signing a new two-and-a-half year deal on his 16th birthday.

Manchester City and Chelsea are also tracking the the player’s progress and former Scotland internationalist Hopkin insists Knox can reach the top.

Former Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leeds United midfielder Hopkin said: “Matthew’s potential is unbelievable for a young boy.

“He’s got the fitness levels and he’s still going to develop because he’s only just turned 16.

“With what he can do with the ball, taking on information and retaining information, he has got a right good chance and he’s a real down to earth kid too.

“We’ll make sure he does not get distracted by the hype.

“He’s already been down and had a few trials at big clubs like Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham.

“He’s done very well and there’s a lot of managers that I know that have been phoning me asking about him.

“It’s about him developing here for the time being and it just all depends on how things go.

“I’m sure if he does well in the first team and some club puts in an offer, the club will look at it but we’ll make sure we look after him first. He’s the number one priority.”