Celtic star says he's "living the dream" on international duty alongside Real Madrid hero

By David Walton

November 15, 2021

Celtic star Josip Juranovic has stated that he’s “living the dream” this week after qualifying for the World Cup with Croatia alongside the likes of Real Madrid hero Luka Modric.

Juranovic was in both starting XIs selected by manager Zlatko Dalic for the current international break. The Celtic man impressed in the 7-1 rout against Malta before catching the eye again in yesterday’s 1-0 success over Russia.

The Celtic star has been operating in his more suited right-back position after spending most of the season playing on the left at Parkhead.

Photo by Mattia Ozbot – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

And as he secured his spot at the World Cup alongside Modric and Zenit star Dejan Lovren, Juranovic was in great spirits as he took part in post-match media duties.

As quoted by Slobodna Dalmacija, Josip said: “We presented very good football, the conditions were especially difficult in front of our loyal fans. I believe they enjoyed it.

“There was a special energy in the locker room, we knew we would score. We believed it would open and we deservedly go to Qatar. I live my dream, I will keep it as long as possible. Croatia is growing from game to game, we will be real at the World Cup. And what an atmosphere there was at Poljud. In one word – divine!”

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Celtic need as many players back from international duty in positive spirits as possible

These are brilliant comments from Juranovic. They show a player who’s feeling extremely good about himself and his current situation. That’s the kind of energy we want coming back to Celtic Park this week.

Celtic have around 10 first-team players away with their international sides. It’s likely that some will come back to Glasgow having experienced disappointing blows. So the more we get back buzzing about the future, the better a place we’ll be in.

Interesting of course that Juranovic continues to operate at right-back for his country too. Even more interesting that he’s one of the standouts when he plays in his natural position also.

Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Ange Postecoglou has spent the last several months trying to shoehorn Juranovic into the left-back role. Presumably, this is because he doesn’t want to drop Anthony Ralston and feels as though he’s getting too much out of the Scottish right-back.

But the truth is that Postecoglou will need to find some way to get Juranovic back into his favoured role. This is clearly where he feels most comfortable in.

And as he continues to go from strength to strength with Croatia, it makes you wonder how long it’s going to be before Postecoglou follow’s Dalic’s lead.

In other news, French Report: Celtic want Ligue 1 club’s Dutch international on loan in January