Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic is set to hold discussions on his long-term future at the club after returning from injury into Neil Lennon’s first-team, The Scottish Sun report.

The Croatian has played against Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock and Ross County since undergoing knee surgery that ruled him out between August and January.

Lennon appears intent on making him an integral part of his starting eleven again and with less than six months until a decision has to be made on his future in Glasgow, it’s a well-timed return.

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The Scottish Sun report that Celtic hold an option to extend his current deal beyond this summer and the defender has confirmed he is set to sit down and figure out what’s next for him at the Scottish champions.

As quoted by the paper, Simunovic said: “This is my last year. We’ve arranged a meeting to talk. We’ll discuss it for sure, but it’s not a problem for me right now.

 

“I just want to be ready to play, and we have a lot of games left so I believe my chance will come.”

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Is he reliable enough?

As shown by Transfermarkt, Simunovic’s playing history at the club has been rather frustrating, with the defender missing 100 matches because of injury problems since signing in 2015.

The 25-year-old has plenty to prove over the next few months.

If he misses much more action between now and the end of the season then it’d be perfectly reasonable for Celtic to consider not taking up the option on his contract.

Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic

Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

We need defenders at the club who can cope with the physical demands of our schedule and Scottish football. There are long seasons at Celtic Park and if Simunovic isn’t up to it, we’d be better off saying goodbye.

However, with Lennon showing great faith in him and putting right back into the action, he now has a chance to show everyone why he’s worth keeping.

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