Josip Juranovic feels at "home" with Celtic; gives supporters class promise

By David Walton

March 2, 2022

Celtic defender Josip Juranovic has assured the supporters that the team are ready to fight for the title as he stated he now fees at “home” at Parkhead.

Juranovic has been one of Ange Postecoglou’s most successful signings of the summer. Arriving in a £2.5m deal from Legia Warsaw [Sky Sports], the Croatian international has been a staple for the Hoops on either flank as a marauding full-back.

Supporters have seriously taken to the right-back, who has also proven to be a popular figure amongst his teammates too.

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And as he previewed tonight’s clash against St Mirren at Celtic Park, Juranovic gave a big promise to the supporters that the players are ready for the fight.

Speaking via Celtic TV, Josip said: “It’s amazing. In the morning it’s snow then it’s sunny then it’s rainy. It’s totally strange but here I feel like I’m at home. I’m happy here and I want to continue like that.”

We are ready, I assure you that. Each training session we get 100% from everyone and when we are out on the pitch we are giving everything. As players, we are busy because every three days we have to go again and if we didn’t get the result we wanted we can try and do it much better.

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“Sometimes the ball doesn’t go in but again we will give everything to win our next game. We have to move the ball fast from side-to-side because most of the time we have the ball and it’s difficult when the opposition has everyone behind.”

Josip Juranovic promises Celtic fans that Hoops are ready to go all in

Juranovic’s words will be put to the test over the next couple of months as Celtic look to bag what looked impossible in the summer in the Scottish Premiership title. We all know what comes with that too – a ticket into next season’s UEFA Champions League group stages.

That opens up a chance for these players, players who have just been bundled out of the Conference League, an opportunity to play at the highest level within months. If that’s not enough to get their tongues wagging ahead of the run-in then nothing will.

Juranovic is one of many in the squad who has never experience UCL group stage football. Despite being a regular at international level with one of the greatest teams in the world, the top level of European football is where everyone wants to play.

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What’s evident in Juranovic’s comments is that there’s a real calmness to him. He doesn’t look a player currently in the middle of a hectic title fight. His composure speaks a lot for the dressing room, and that’s important too.

We’ve seen Celtic players and teams be totally swept up in the intense title-race environment of Scottish football. This doesn’t look like a side that’s going to have that particular issue. Not with how relaxed they continue to look the closer we get to the summer.

Time will tell whether this Celtic squad truly is ready for what’s to come. But the signs are certainly positive after 10 wins in 11 domestic matches.

In other news, Celtic loanee Adam Montgomery suffers hamstring injury at Aberdeen; out for several weeks