Scotland Under-21 midfielder talks about growing up with Iniesta on the TV and his journey from Edinburgh to La Liga via Reading
At the end of his first full professional game, Jordan Holsgrove got a message from his older brother trying to take credit for what he had just done – and, the way he tells it, Arran might just have had a point too. “He sent me screen shots: ‘look, this is what I said and this is what happened’,” the Scotland U21 international reveals. “Before the game he had sent a text saying: ‘If you get anywhere within 25 yards just hit it’. That was probably in my head a bit and as soon as it came, I just hit it. I’ve always trusted my technique, so …”
So the ball flew into the net. Holsgrove had only been on the pitch six minutes and was “just buzzing”, he says. “The manager had said: ‘get on the ball, see if you can make us play, create some chances.’” Chacho Caudet didn’t say anything about scoring a superb volley, but Holsgrove did that too. It was some start. The problem was that Celta Vigo were already 4-1 down at Ibiza with three minutes left and finally went down 5-2, knocked out of the Copa del Rey by the team from the third tier.