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Celtic trialist Winchester selected for Jamaica clash

Celtic trialist Winchester selected for Jamaica clashW Connection forward Shahdon Winchester who returned home last week from a 17-day trial with Scottish Premier League giants Celtic FC has been named in an 18-man Trinidad and Tobago squad that will take on Jamaica on Sunday in Kingston.

It’s likely that the teenager earned himself a recall to Celtic when the transfer window re-opens in January.

But in the meantime, Winchester will refocus his game with the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Senior Team and his club W Connection.

The 18-year-old Princes Town resident scored three goals in two matches during his trial at Celtic—a double in a 6-1 win over a Motherwell XI and another item in a 7-0 win over AYR United on his last day of the trial.

He also interacted with Greece international and former Manchester City striker Georgios Samaras

“It was a memorable experience to see how the Celtic players carry about themselves…how they train, what they do before training and after training and just their general approach. I also had the chance to talk and train with players like Samaras,” Winchester said.

“I trained the first three days with the Under 19 team and then spent the rest of the time with the first team which is when I played in two matches and got the goals in the wins over Motherwell and AYR.”

Winchester was also an attraction, coming from the Caribbean and more particularly from the birth country of Russell Latapy who was chased by Celtic prior to his signing with Glasgow Rangers.

“All the fans wanted to know what was going on, whether I will be signing with the club and yes they did bring up Trinidad and Tobago because they know about some of the players we have had in Scotland,” Winchester added.

“So far the feedback has been positive. The club president spoke to me before I left and he said they will continue to monitor me and will make a decision on whether they call me back in January.”

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