David Turnbull gives the player view on Josip Juranovic Celtic exit

By John McGinley

January 21, 2023

David Turnbull reckons Josip Juranovic will be a big loss to the Celtic squad but has challenged others to step up and claim the right-back slot.

Juranovic has been given permission to travel to Germany for a medical before completing a transfer to Union Berlin, as confirmed by manager Ange Postecoglou today.

The Croatian international was at Celtic Park today, however, mixing with his teammates before the game as he said his goodbyes.

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Speaking in a post-match media conference, which 67 Hail Hail attended, Turnbull said: “It’s obviously great for him. He’s done so well, whether it’s for Celtic or at the international level. He’s performed well in every game he’s played and I’m sad to see him go. He was a great character in the changing room and I wish him all the best.

“He played his part, all of last season and this season as well. Every game he comes into he gives it his all and always produces moments of quality. It’ll be about other boys getting their turn now and making that spot their own.

“I saw him before the game. He said all the best for the game and I wished him all the best as well, it was a nice moment. He’s a great laugh about the changing room. It’s nice to share the changing room with these boys.”

Alistair Johnston looks like he’ll get the initial opportunity as a starting right-back after Anthony Ralston suffered an injury setback in training on Thursday.

The Canadian is already popular with the Celtic support and his arrival has lessened the sting of Juranovic’s exit, who was also a bit hit with fans.

Clearly, the group is losing a big personality but we have more than enough leaders in that dressing room to fill the gap and hopefully some of the new signings can assert themselves too.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou hands out 2 debuts in Celtic Scottish Cup win.