Betting latest: Scottish clubs in running to sign Usain Bolt
Could Usain Bolt be on his way to Rangers or Celtic? The bookmakers have opened the market on the fastest ever human to sign for a Scottish club before the end of the summer transfer window.
BetVictor have priced any Scottish club at 20/1 to sign Bolt, 31, after continual rumours that the former Jamaican sprinter could become a professional footballer at some point in the near future.
Bolt quit his athletics career in 2017 having won eight Olympic gold medals and setting a world record 100m time at 9.58s in 2009.
The Jamaican has recently had trials with German giants Borussia Dortmund and in the past has trained with Manchester United.
Although it may seem like a bit of a gimmick, Bolt is adamant that he has serious hopes of putting pen to paper on a deal with a professional football club in the future.
“For me, it’s a big deal,” Bolt told the Herald Sun recently. “Everyone feels like I’m just kidding around, just joking, but I’m serious. I’m actually going back to Dortmund in a couple of weeks to work with them for three more weeks just to assess myself at a better level [and] to see what level I’m at or what I need to do or if I can.”
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Bolt proved in training with Dortmund that his lightning pace is not the only skill in his locker by also showing off his nutmeg skills and aeiral prowess by scoring a header.
Football Insider verdict
Bolt is truly a worldwide superstar and what begun as a joke, is quickly becoming something that may actually happen in the not too distant future. He obviously impressed those who watched him at an open training session at Dortmund and the fact that he has been offered a second trial by the German giants suggests that there is some talent that could be tapped into. As for Scottish football, it really is not likely that Bolt would move to someone like Celtic or Rangers. He would probably command massive fees even though he is not a professional football player and if Dortmund does not work out then the MLS is perhaps a likely destination.