Josip Juranovic identifies the one big challenge he had to overcome at Celtic

By David Walton

May 23, 2022

Josip Juranovic has stated that a change in his position after moving to Celtic has been his biggest challenge since moving from Legia Warsaw.

The right-back played primarily for the Ekstraklasa club as a right-winger with frequent appearances at right-back too.

However, after signing for Celtic, Ange Postecoglou has featured him mainly at right-back with the occasional swift on the left when necessary. Juranovic has been a stalwart for the club this term and is one of the main reasons we took the league championship from Rangers in his debut campaign.

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Josip has been speaking to Polish media outlet TVP Sport where he was asked about his biggest challenge since leaving Legia for Parkhead:

“In Scotland, I encountered different types of matches than in Ekstraklasa. My role on the pitch has also changed. In Legia, I was more focused on the wing, I played widely. At Celtic I am a side defender, but I have more tasks closer to the center of the pitch.

“It took me a few matches to adjust to this. I am pleased because it has brought us success.

“Both leagues are difficult in terms of physical play. On the other hand, some Scottish clubs have players with more technical skills than in Ekstraklasa.”

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Josip Juranovic addresses his biggest Celtic challenge

It probably says everything about Juranovic that his positional change at Celtic didn’t even look like an issue for him. He says it was a challenge, but there wasn’t even a period of struggle evident. At least from the outside.

Even when he was moved over to the left flank, he still performed admirably. He managed a run of consistency in that position and the Celtic supporters had long since grown attached to him before he became our first-choice right-back.

Granted, you can see how comfortable Josip feels on the right side. It’s clearly where he sees himself playing from this point onward and no wonder. It’s led to further international recognition – the rewards have been there for him.

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He’s one of the players Celtic fans will be interested to see in the UCL next season. Given his international experience with Croatia, you can’t see the challenge daunting him. Clearly, he’s comfortable playing alongside and against the world’s best.

This could turn out to be one of Ange Postecoglou’s biggest signings in the long-term. Should he manage to hold his own at Europe’s top table, and there’s no reason he shouldn’t, then his stock will boom even further.

But if you’re talking about successful debut campaigns, Juranovic really couldn’t have done much more.

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