Between making his international debut in 2017 and joining Celtic over four years later, Josip Juranovic started five games for Croatia. In the 18 months since he became a became automatic first pick for his country and a standout at the World Cup.
The Daizen Maeda story is even more stark. He started one game for Japan (in 2019) before becoming a Celtic player, getting to the World Cup and beating two of the tournament favourites.
This is the story Celtic are telling transfer targets right now: ‘Look at what we did for Jura and Daizen, come to Celtic and we will do the same for you’.
Brazil might feel like the big one, but the next one is always the big one. Best wishes to Josip and Croatia tonight.