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‘MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR CARSON,’ BOSS

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TREVOR CARSON will attempt to shut out Moussa Dembele and Co at Fir Park on Sunday – but the Motherwell keeper could just as easily have been lining up for Celtic.

Brendan Rodgers made a £375,000 bid for the shotstopper as he searched for emergency cover following Craig Gordon’s knee injury against Hibs at Parkhead on January 27.

However, Well slapped a £750,000 price tag on the head of the Northern Irishman who had joined them for only £10,000 from Hartlepool in the summer.

Rodgers, instead, switched his attention to Dundee’s frozen-out Scott Bain who hadn’t made an appearance for Hibs following his temporary switch from Dens Park.

And, of course, the 26-year-old No.1, who is out of contract in June, made his well-publicised debut in the champions’ 3-2 win at Ibrox on Sunday after taking over from the crocked Dorus de Vries.

Fir Park boss Stephen Robinson admits it was a missed opportunity for his player, but he has no concerns over Carson’s focus when the Hoops visit at the weekend.

He said: “Trevor is not that kind of boy. We had an honest chat and it wasn’t enough money.

“It was an opportunity for Trevor, but once he knew that the opportunity wasn’t there – and I was dictating when he would go, not him or agents or anyone else – he knuckled down and he’s been superb.

“He’s got his just rewards with an international call-up and, hopefully, he will get his senior debut in the coming weeks.

“Trevor will possibly go on to a bigger club, but it will be on our terms and the only way he can do that is by performing well.”

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