Limerick footballer hopes to Shine at Celtic

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

A TALENTED Limerick footballer has made it through to the final ten of the RTÉ show Football’s Next Star.

A TALENTED Limerick footballer has made it through to the final ten of the RTÉ show Football’s Next Star.

Local boy Evan Shine, from Clonconane, has made it through to the qualifiers of the show, which is a collaboration between RTÉ and Celtic FC to find the next future Irish soccer star.

Presented by Westlife’s Nicky Byrne, the programme features ten young Irish footballers battling it out for one coveted place at Celtic’s prestigious Youth Academy. Evan was chosen as one of those finalists and spends a lot of his time travelling up to Dublin at least three times a week in the hope of being scouted by a professional club.

Up to 50 contestants were shortlisted from the programme’s open trials and they went on to participate in the next stage of the competition, where the Celtic FC coaching team made the final selection. Evan, along with the other nine hopefuls, will move to Glasgow to try to impress the world renowned Celtic Academy coaches with a series of intense training sessions.

The programme will run every Friday at 5pm on RTÉ Two until November 23.