Does Sardar Azmoun's hopes of Celtic move rest on World Cup?

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic applauds fans prior to the Scottish Cup Final between Motherwell and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Sardar Azmoun has reportedly been watched by Scottish Premiership giants Celtic and Premier League newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Rostov's Iranian forward Sardar Azmoun celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs FC Rostov at the Vicente Calderon stadium...

Is this the summer where Sardar Azmoun finally gets his big break?

Along with Alireze Jahanbahksh of AZ Alkmaar, Azmoun represents Iran’s best hope of making a positive impression at the World Cup in Russia this summer.

The Asian nation are up against it in a group with Spain, Portugal and potential dark horses Morocco – but the likes of Celtic and Wolves will surely be keeping a close eye on the performances of the so-called Iranian Messi, who has 23 goals in 32 games for his country.

Sardar Azmoun of Iran celebrates after scoring a goal against Syria during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Iran and Syria at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on...

The Mirror (22nd Apri, page 48), reported that Wolves are interested in the Rubin Kazan forward while Celtic were still keeping an eye on him, one year after they were quoted a club-record £10 million amid alleged interest from Brendan Rodgers’ side.

And Ali Daei, who is regarded as Iran’s all time greatest footballer, believes the World Cup could be the perfect platform for Azmoun to shine.

“I can say that Sardar is a big player,” Ali Daei, whose 109 international goals remains a world record, told Reuters.

“We have young strikers and the future will belong to them, especially Sardar because he’s really young. He can have a bright future. I’m hoping he can choose the right route, that he can go in the right direction in the future for himself and also for our national team.”

Sardar Azmoun during the Russian Premier League match between FC Rubin Kazan and SKA Khabarovsk at Kazan Arena stadium on December 9, 2017 in Kazan, Russia.

It’s something of a cliché that you should never sign a player on the back of a good World Cup, see Kleberson and Stephane Guivarc’h.

But if Azmoun can fire Iran out of one of the toughest groups in the tournament, perhaps that will be the encouragement Celtic need to splash out.

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