Some of us have already got what we wanted from this World Cup. Daizen Maeda looks like a star who can tax some of the most effective defenders in international football. His goal yesterday gave Japan an iconic moment before they crumbled from 12 yards. 40 years from now Japanese football fans will look back and still hurt.
Josip Juranovic and Croatia continue to the quarter finals, where our right back will face tournament favourites Brazil. Watching Brazil in the World Cup often follows a tradition. They are incredibly flashy, everyone’s second team, a joy to watch, then they come up against a strong European challenge and are emptied out.
In the group stage, it took Brazil 83 minutes to break the deadlock against Switzerland and over an hour before they scored the first of their two against Serbia. A defeat when already qualified to Cameroon is of little consequence. Croatia are not Holland 1974, they are not even Croatia 2018, but they will fancy it against the Brazilians on Friday.
Having recruited Alastair Johnston, it seems certain Celtic are preparing to sell Josip next month. This means they have at least one acceptable indication of a bid. The deeper Josip dives into the tournament, the more interest he will raise, the more we may be able to attract for our asset.