Croy’s Joshua must have cautious approach with Atletico Madrid offer

Our guest columnist, Scotland legend and Palacerigg resident Alan Rough dishes out some good advice.

Monday, 30th September 2013, 12:00 pm

For any young boy to be approached by any senior club is amazing but with a club at this level, it’s beyond the wildest dreams of anyone. When I was 12 I didn’t even think of anything like that, I just wanted to play football with my mates in the park.

I think 12 is just too young. If Joshua is as good as they say, I think the oppportunity will still be there when he is older. There is now an elite squad of 100 young players being run by the Scottish Football Association and I am sure that he would be able to benefit from it.

At that age you need your family and your schooling and I think anyone who left to go over there at that age might find that it wasn’t really a good idea after all.