Ea­gles soars with County

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ANDY SKIN­NER

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

“Coyle­signed him­forBurn­ley for£1.2mil­lion in2008”

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.”

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