Celtic’s visibility has been noticeable at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Whether that be on the pitch or off of it, the Hoops have played their part in this unique tournament.
Daizen Maeda had a great World Cup. His talent shone through along with his drive and determination. The Japanese forward cut a maligned figure in the first few months of the season as his form struggled to click but he showed in Qatar that he can be a big part of Ange’s team moving forward. Not that the manager had any doubts! Pundits were praising the attacker for his tenacity in the tournament and he got his rewards with a World Cup goal.
Aaron Mooy was excellent for Australia as the defied the odds to finish second in their group. Despite a humbling start against France, Mooy and the Aussies regrouped and beat Tunisia and Denmark to make it through to the Last 16. A Messi-inspired Argentina edged through, a game that screamed out for Tom Rogic. Mooy will return keen to continue the form he showed in Qatar, even with Callum McGregor’s return.
Cameron Carter-Vickers only managed ninety minutes and was the only game the USA won. No surprises there given the strength he showed at the back to shut out Iran and progress to the Last 16. Unfortunately, he was dropped for Zimmerman as the USA crashed out to the Dutch. The result left many questioning the decision making of the manager Gregg Berhalter.
The final Celt remaining in Qatar is Juranovic. His Croatian side narrowly beat Japan on penalty kicks yesterday and now faces the task of coming up against Brazil. Juranovic was tasked against Vinicius Jnr in the Champions League with the Brazilian coming off the better. However, JJ will fancy his chances at redemption with a place in the Semi-Finals at stake.
Celtic have already signed a player from the World Cup. Ally Johnston will arrive from CF Montreal. The Canadian Internationalist was impressive on the right-side of defence.
Off the pitch, the Hoops have caught the eye too. Some coming in the Japan end, the Croatian end and others in the Australian end. Celtic is a global brand but it is continuing to grow through continued exposure in new markets.