There is always a worry when your players go to the World Cup. Every scout on the planet watches every kick of the ball. Some will have databases, some work from spreadsheet, but most have notepads full of scribbles.
Eyes will be drawn to previously undervalued talent – you bet Iran’s players will be well researched today. Eyes are also drawn to players with little time on their contracts, which is why getting Tom Rogic signed up before the tournament was so important.
It is a truism of the game that fortunes can change quickly for players. Three months ago Dedryck Boyata struggled to find support, apart from Brendan Rodgers, who assured us he “would improve” following a difficult afternoon at Ibrox.
Today he is the defensive pivot of one of the tournament’s fancied teams. He also has one year left on his Celtic contract. There will be interest in him. Such is the market in England (on ending his Aberdeen loan spell last year James Maddison played 44 lower league games for Norwich before Leicester bought him for £24m), anything could happen.
I hope Dedryck has a great tournament and I hope he signs a new long-term contract at Celtic when he returns. But there is a lot of money sloshing around English football right now, let’s hope it all heads to Iran.
CQN Golf Annual Charity Open
This year’s CQN Open is set for Friday 29 June at the first class Aberdour Golf Club once again. It is a day of sport, entertainment, Celtic chat and is always good fun.
After the golf, we head up the road to the CQN friendly Woodside Hotel for our evening meal. We’ve the usual round up of all things Celtic by Paul67, and our very funny after dinner speaker is Willie Allan. Then musical entertainment from Scoogz, who you may have seen if you’ve been to Celtic Park entertainment nights. Plus all the usual prizes and charity fundraising, for the Petrov Foundation this year. Cost is £40 night only and £80 all day including golf. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to attend this fun event.