Celtic star Juranovic makes PSG comparison as he boasts of Bhoys' team spirit

By Euan Davidson

November 3, 2021

Celtic aren’t much like PSG, it turns out; not our words, but those of Croatian international Josip Juranovic.

The comparison isn’t just about players, budgets or leagues, though. It’s about the team spirit being fostered at Lennoxtown under Ange Postecoglou.

Celtic star Juranovic, a £2.5m arrival from Legia Warsaw, is blown away by the camaraderie between the Bhoys players. And, as he evoked Paris Saint-Germain, the Croatian right-back had some encouraging words for supporters.

The 13-cap international spoke of the values of the club [Transfermarkt], which had striking similarities to Ange Postecoglou’s comments about what he learnt from Hungarian icon Ferenc Puskas.

Juranovic said [Scottish Sun]:

“For me, it’s better to be a good person and then to be a football player. That’s because we are at a game only for 90 minutes or 120 minutes, but after that you must be a good person.

“Here, we are like a family and that is the most important thing.

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“You can see at Paris Saint-Germain for example, they have very good players, but they are not like a family – and they don’t win all their games.

“Here, you can see every minute that we are supporting each other, that we have one another’s backs.”

We can’t comment on PSG, but Celtic clearly building a cohesive unit as Juranovic illustrates

It says a lot about the work of the likes of Ange Postecoglou, John Kennedy and Callum McGregor that our new players are so happy.

Take Jota for example, who has already expressed his determination to succeed at Celtic. Joe Hart is constantly emphasising the manager’s tactical message. The Bhoys’ contingent of new players seem absolutely delighted to be here.

That’s ideal. Especially when those who were already at the club, in large part, look and sound happy to be in the Celtic squad, too. Look at McGregor, Ralston or Rogic, and how they’ve performed this season.

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The test of this team spirit and happiness will be in what the Hoops actually achieve this season.

As for Celtic and Juranovic? The comparison is fun, but even a fractured PSG could probably still walk Ligue 1 on paper.

Regardless, this is as united and unified a Celtic squad we’ve seen in what feels like a long time. Results will be key in fostering that team spirit, but the signs so far are promising.

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