Celtic Invincible tells new club that Bhoys will always "stay in my heart"

By John McGinley

October 29, 2021

Jozo Simunovic has been lauding his experience at Celtic to his new club HNK Gorica.

Simunovic left Celtic in May 2020 and didn’t sign for a club until recently when he returned to his homeland. Injuries had taken their toll on the defender and he used the time out to fully heal up and prove his fitness to suitors.

His exit from Celtic ended up being rather unceremonious, but the defender will never forget his time in Glasgow and the success he enjoyed.

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Speaking to his club website, as translated by The Daily Record, Simunovic said: “My contract with Celtic ended, I took a break to rest and heal the problems I had, everything took a little longer, the summer transfer period passed, and then President Črnko (Gorica) called.

“Celtic will stay in my heart, as will the fans. There is a different attitude towards the club, football in general. Celtic is there as a deity, the players are above everything.

“Sometimes it was tiring because after the games they waited for autographs for two and a half hours. But these people need to be understood as well.

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“And in restaurants, at least two people approached me to take pictures, to say hello, to congratulate me on the game. I’ll remember that.”

The defender won a tremendous amount of trophies with Celtic. Five league titles, three Scottish Cups and three League Cups. A treble treble in fact.

He was also a key part of the Celtic Invincibles squad under Brendan Rodgers, making 33 appearances in total that season as the Bhoys swept the board in style.

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Unfortunately his injury problems just eventually sidelined him and he fell out of contention by the end of his Hoops career. He made just 14 starts in his final season and it became clear it was time for him to move on.

Still, we remember him fondly, as he does us. I hope he does well with his new side.

In other news, Ange reveals Josip Juranovic hospital trip but he’ll be ready for Celtic vs Livingston.