He grew up watching Xavi and Andres Iniesta and tonight Scotland’s Jordan Holsgrove could get another taste of the type of Spanish top-flight action that once mesmerised him.
The talented 21-year-old midfielder will be hoping to be sprung from the bench for the fourth time in just over a month when his Celta Vigo side visit La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.
Edinburgh-born Holsgrove got half an hour in the draw with Granada last week and played 45 minutes against Villarreal two weeks before, having introduced himself by scoring his first goal for the club in the Spanish Cup against Ibiza last month.
That wonder goal certainly made Celta fans sit up and take notice, with most calling him the only positive to emerge from a 5-2 shock defeat.
‘My older brother had sent me a message before saying: “If you get within 25 yards, just hit it”, so that was probably in my head a bit,’ Holsgrove told Sportsmail. ‘I have always trusted my technique, so when the ball came I took my brother’s advice.’
His left-foot volley from the edge of the area was to prove unstoppable. The subsequent text from brother Aaron followed quickly behind.
‘He was sending me screenshots, saying: “Look, this is what I sent you and this is what happened”,’ adds Holsgrove.
‘The problem was, we were 4-2 down with three minutes left after I scored. I was thinking: “Can I celebrate? No I can’t. I’ve got to run back”.’
Holsgrove joined Celta’s B team from Reading in the summer. His promotion to the first team in recent weeks is a testament to the way he has impressed the club’s recently arrived coach Eduardo Coudet.
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