Motherwell defender Bevis Mugabi once had a trial at Celtic

By John McGinley

October 27, 2019

Motherwell defender Bevis Mugabi has revealed he once had a trial at Lennoxtown, nearly signing for Celtic before deciding to pursue a career elsewhere, The Scottish Sun report.

The five-cap international, who made it to the last 16 in the African Cup of Nations this summer with Uganda, signed for the Steelmen last month and made his first start for the club earlier today against Rangers.

A product of the Fulham and Southampton youth systems, he once came close to signing for the Hoops during Neil Lennon’s first spell in charge of the club.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he explained: “I’d been at Fulham and I came up for a week to train at Lennoxtown.

“I don’t remember much about who the staff were — but I do remember it was really cold!

“I went back to London and Southampton offered me terms, so I went there because they have a really good academy and it was nearer my family.”

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Now 24, his only senior experience away from Motherwell to date has been at Yeovil Town, so it doesn’t sound like we missed out on a precocious talent.

However, now in the Scottish Premiership it’ll be interesting to see how he develops further. That Celtic and Southampton were both interested in him as a teenager means he must have some sort of natural ability.

Not many internationalists play in Scotland outside of Celtic and Rangers, so he may be one to keep an eye on as the season progresses and he gets up to peak fitness.