Celtic defender Josip Juranovic discusses why he felt "terrible" last month

By David Walton

October 26, 2021

Celtic right-back Josip Juranovic has explained why he felt “terrible” last month as he claimed he doesn’t want to feel that way ever again.

The Croatian international was only weeks into his Celtic career when he went down against Dundee United at Parkhead. All off a sudden, he was sidelined for 3 weeks as he was forced to watch his teammates from the treatment table.

Fortunately, the Hoops managed to win all of the games Josip was absent for outside of Bayer Leverkusen’s brutal visit to Celtic Park. Even so, the player has admitted that he couldn’t cope watching the team whilst being so helpless.

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And as he spoke about his injury woes last month, Juranovic has vowed to bounce back and be injury-free for the rest of the campaign.

Speaking via Celtic TV, Josip said: “Finally I’m on the pitch after 3 long weeks. But for me when I’m on the pitch I’m in the perfect mood. I want to be there until the end of the season and without injury, because when you have an injury and you’re watching your guys on the pitch, you feel terrible.

“I don’t want to feel that again. Terrible because I want to help, I want to lead also. I want to be down and play games to hear our fans.”

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It’s promising to hear that Juranovic believes his injury problems are over. With a determination not to be crocked again between now and the end of the season, hopefully that spurs him on to stay fit and available for the long-term.

There’s no denying that Josip being out was a major blow for us last month. He’s one of the best full-backs we have at the club. Not to mention he’s a full Croatian international and is currently a regular part of their starting XI.

Not having him available led to a rotation policy being put in place at left-back. Whilst Boli Bolingoli, Adam Montgomery, and Liam Scales were all solid enough, neither managed to make the spot their own. Juranovic being thrown back in immediately tells you all you need to know.

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Then again, left-back isn’t Juranovic’s strongest position. The right-back position, currently held by Anthony Ralston, will likely be his main target. Rightly so too given he’ll feel he’s a better all-round player than his Scottish teammate.

But it’s down to Juranovic to prove that to Ange Postecoglou. The Celtic boss won’t be doing anyone any favours. If he sees that Josip is a better right-back option than Anthony, he’ll win that spot for himself. We spoke earlier in the week about how odd the decision is to keep Juranovic from his natural position regardless.

Make no mistake though, just having him back is huge for the football club. Fingers crossed it’s followed by a fine run of form – regardless of his position.

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