Confirmed: Everton and Northern Ireland forward Shayne Lavery completes Scottish loan move
Northern Ireland striker Shayne Lavery has completed a move to the Scottish Championship on loan.
The news that we brought you exclusively on Friday morning has now been confirmed as the 20-year-old joins the second tier's basement side Falkirk until the end of the season in search of senior football.
Lavery has yet to make a senior appearance for parent club Everton since joining from Glenavon in 2016. He has also yet to start a Premier League 2 game for the U23s this term and will move on loan in a bid to kick-start his career.
The Aghagallon man was a key part of Northern Ireland U21s' thrilling run in the Euro U21 Championship qualifiers, scoring three goals, including both home and away against Spain. Lavery's early opener helped Ian Baraclough's side to an historic victory in Spain, inflicting their hosts' only defeat of their last 13 games.
The U21s narrowly missed out on a play-off spot for this summer's finals and Lavery was rewarded for his part in that run when he was handed his senior Northern Ireland debut as a late substitute against Panama in May.
Given the game began at 2am back home in NI, it was likely a few hours before mum Margaret and dad Martin learned of their son’s debut.
“I didn’t think I was going to play so I said, ‘Just go to sleep, wake up in the morning, you’ll be alright’,” Lavery explained.
“Then I did play. I phoned them in the morning. My mum would go on Twitter, I think, my dad would have just slept! He’s not missing his sleep! They were made up.”
The tour to central America was the second time Lavery was included in a senior Northern Ireland panel - also named on the bench for the friendly against Korea Republic in March.
Belfast Telegraph Digital