Peter Houston has asked the questions – but there’s no-one making the same inquiries of him, or Falkirk.
Sporting Lisbon were linked with a sensational swoop for midfielder Will Vaulks in national press reports within the past week, but there’s been no moves from clubs in Scotland, England or even the Iberian Peninsula.
The Bairns vice-captain even distanced himself from the reports after a 1-0 win at the weekend saying: “I don’t know where it’s come from but if they were at Alloa I don’t think they’d come back!”
The Falkirk Herald understands the Portuguese giants have been represented at two games involving the Bairns this season and boss Peter Houston added: “Sporting Lisbon haven’t been in touch with the club, but whether they’ve watched Will, I don’t know. No-one has been in touch, and that’s the way I’d keep it - I dont want to lose anybody.
“What happens when teams are doing well is the players come into focus and we accept that. No-one has been in touch but if they were there is a decision to make - we don’t want to hold anyone back and I’ve always said if the player just wants to play for Falkirk I am not interested in them. I want players who want to play as high as they can.”
The boss added: “In the summer I expected someone to come in for Sibbald, but there wasn’t one inquiry. We have good players here.
“Will is still learning and it won’t do him any harm staying a further year and then moving onto something bigger. He’s not the finished article yet but he’s learning beside Mark Kerr and I can see why - if there are - teams are looking at him. But they’ll only get him if they pay the money we think is due - and if it’s a Scottish team do they have that money?
“If the phone doesn’t go this month, it won’t surprise me, it’ll please me.”
However there have been outgoing calls made from The Falkirk Stadium. Already the Bairns have a goalkeeper on trial and the club has “feelers out for two or three players”.
The manager is focussing on the full-back areas – with Luke Leahy free to speak to other clubs and Ryan Sinnamon’s loan deal expiring – and also in the middle of the park.
As we revealed online last week, goalkeeper Danny Rogers’ loan deal from Aberdeen has been extended to the end of the season. Houston added: “I think he’s come on. I knew there’d be mistakes but he has improved and we’re delighted to confirm it until the end of the season.”