Falkirk have taken Anton Rodgers – son of Celtic manager Brendan – on trial.

The former Brighton, Oldham Athletic and Swindon Town midfielder is a free agent after spending last season with Hungerford Town in the National League South, English football’s sixth tier.

The 25-year-old, who was capped by the Republic of Ireland at under-19 level, went on trial with Peterborough United in the summer but a lack of fitness hindered his chances of landing a deal.

He also spent time training with Celtic last year when he took part in the Hoops’ pre-season tour of Austria.

Rodgers played the full 90 minutes as Falkirk’s reserves crashed to a 5-1 defeat to Dundee United’s second string at St Andrews yesterday and will remain with the squad as manager Ray McKinnon weighs up an offer.

Meanwhile, McKinnon has urged his struggling side to "keep at it" as they search for their first league win of the season.

Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Dundee United was the Bairns’ sixth consecutive defeat in the league to leave them pointless and rock bottom of the Championship table.

He said: “We are where we are for a reason but there’s been improvement.

“I think we should have taken more out of the last two games than we have.

“So, we just need to keep at it for the foreseeable future.”