In the summer, during the World Cup, I happened to point out that I was very pleased Ryan Gauld had signed for Sporting Lisbon. He hadn’t chosen the easy option in going to the Old Firm or England – he’d made the right choice and tried to broaden his horizons.
Gauld’s choice has begun to show its worth. Though he has been playing much of his football for the Sporting B team, he scored two in 12 minutes tonight for the A team, away to Belenenses in the cup. Though Sporting lost, this is hopefully the first point in a very successful career for “Mini Messi” in Europe. Hopefully more promising Scottish youngsters will follow his lead and look beyond Glasgow or the West Midlands.