Eagles soars with County
Former Manchester United winger Chris Eagles will spend this week training with Ross County in a bid to win a contract with the Dingwall side
Former Manchester United winger Chris Eagles will spend this week training with Ross County in a bid to win a contract with the Dingwall side.
Eagles, who left Port Vale in the summer, is well known to Staggies manager Owen Coyle having previously worked under him at Burnley and Bolton Wanderers.
The Englishman began his career at Old Trafford, making 17 appearances under Alex Ferguson before Coyle signed him for Burnley for a fee of £1.2million
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in 2008, with Eagles following his manager to Bolton three years later.
The 31- year- old has most recently played in the English lower leagues for Bury, Accrington Stanley and Port Vale. After leaving the Valiants following their relegation to League Two last season, Eagles saw a proposed move to Dubai fall through. Despite Port Vale being keen to take him back, and Oldham Athletic also believed to have shown interest, Eagles is keen to show Coyle he is worthy of a deal with the Staggies.
Coyle said: “Chris is in training with me this week. He played for me at Burnley and Bolton.
“It’s a chance to look at him and assess where he is fitness-wise. It gives him an opportunity to look at us, and for myself and Sandy Stewart to have a look at him and see if there’s anything he could add to the squad as we move towards the January window.
“He’s a free agent – he finished last season at Port Vale. He personally did very well but he had a move to Dubai that broke down eventually. He’s still a free agent but he’s been offered a couple of things in England.
“Knowing myself and Sandy, he’s wanted the opportunity to come and train with us for a week. We will look at it and see where it goes from there.”
County host champions Celtic on Saturday, with Brendan Rodgers’ men setting a British record of 63 domestic matches unbeaten in their last outing, which they won 4-0 at St Johnstone this month.
Coyle is determined to take the game to the Hoops, however, adding: “We are at home and we have won our last two games at home and are feeling good about ourselves. We will have a real go at it and anyone who knows me as a manager knows I am not one to sit in and ride our luck.
“We will go out and look to try to win the game but knowing it is a big task we face.”