Josip Juranovic already "can't wait to return to Celtic" ahead of pre-season

By David Walton

June 9, 2022

Josip Juranovic has told Croatian media that he already “can’t wait” to return to Celtic ahead of pre-season.

Juranovic has become a fans-favourite after his summer arrival from Legia Warsaw. Indeed, Josip firmly established himself as the number one right-back at the club as Celtic finally found their long-term replacement for Mikael Lustig.

The Croatian international showed tremendous drive and an ability to be a threat for Celtic both on the overlap and underlap. Not to mention he’s been comfortable playing in the inverted full-back role and taking the ball into a central area.

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At the moment, he’s currently with the Croatian national team for their Nations League matches. But even with games against Denmark and France coming up, Josip already can’t wait to get himself back to Glasgow.

As quoted by 24Sata, the right-back said: “It can’t get any better. I won my second championship in a row and I can’t wait to return to Celtic to start again.

“We’ll see [about what the future holds], it’s not up to me. I’m happy at Celtic.”

Transfer talk surrounding Celtic stars shouldn’t even be entertained

You have to laugh when you see questions being asked by the media about a potential future transfer move for players. It always seems to be the one thing they’re itching to ask about in any interview during the off-season.

Juranovic only arrived at the club last year. There’s absolutely no chance of Celtic allowing the player to depart for any figure this summer. Not when you consider how key a figure he is in Ange Postecoglou’s system.

The only way this could be made complicated for the club is if the player himself was trying to force through a move. Such is the nature of player power these days, it can be tough for clubs to break through that barrier. But Josip is clearly still loving life in Glasgow and has things he wants to achieve here.

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This is no doubt helped by qualification for the UEFA Champions League next season. Something that will undoubtedly want to be experienced by all of our key players. Missing Champions League nights at Celtic Park isn’t something that will come into any of our key stars’ minds.

This isn’t a summer to be worried about players departing. With so many of them only just finished their debut campaigns in Glasgow, there’s so much more to do here.

So no surprise to see Juranovic dismiss the question. It’s great to see this kind of appetite from our players during the off-season.

In other news, What success in the Champions League would look like for Celtic after 5-year absence