Former Celtic goal scorer Dariusz Dziekanowski can't believe Josip Juranovic deal

By Euan Davidson

August 24, 2021

Former Celtic goal hero Dariusz Dziekanowski is aghast at the deal the club have secured for Josip Juranovic.

Dziekanowski, perhaps most famous for his four-goal salvo against Partizan Belgrade in 1989 [Celtic YouTube], believes Legia have negotiated poorly. The Bhoys managed to land the 10-cap Croatian Juranovic for a tiny £2.5m fee [Sun], in the middle of a vital two-leg Europa League qualification tie for Legia.

It’s confused the big Polish ex-striker Dziekanowski. “Jackie”, as he was affectionately known by Hoops supporters, played for both Legia and Celtic during the span of his career [Transfermarkt].

Dziekanowski said [Sun]:

“I cannot come to terms with a couple of things here. Why on earth did Legia not negotiate with Celtic so he could play against Slavia in the second leg?

“If Juranovic was a player for Dinamo Zagreb, for example, Celtic would have paid a lot more for him. Probably three times what they gave Legia for him.

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“It would have been a nice way for Juranovic to say goodbye properly in what would have been a great occasion.

“But Legia have shot themselves in the foot.

“It’s not the first time in history Legia have done this either. A few years ago, they sold Miroslav Radovic to China after the first leg of a European tie against Ajax.

“You would think they would learn from their mistakes.”

Former Celtic man Dziekanowski believes Bhoys have landed a timely bargain

It’s been three days since Celtic signed Juranovic. Honestly, I’m still in disbelief that an international player – and a very decent one at that – has gone that cheaply in today’s market.

Kudos to Celtic and Dom McKay. It’s an unbelievable deal, regardless of how well Juranovic does. If he shines and becomes an important player for us as planned, it’ll seem like even more of a bargain.

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Yes, £2.5m is still considerable where Celtic are concerned. But given the fees mooted for the likes of George Baldock, Aurelio Buta or even Jonjoe Kenny, it’s remarkable value.

It’s also nice to hear from Dziekanowski, even if he is in a state of bafflement.

One of our more underrated strikers of the late eighties-early nineties, there’ll be a number of fans who think of him in high-pressure European ties. His goal exploits against Partizan Belgrade still remain famous.

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