Jozo Simunovic sends class Celtic message on social media

By Euan Davidson

April 27, 2021

Former Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic may not have been a world-beater.

He was, however, a capable defender who just got what Celtic meant. The history, the pride, the determination: Jozo showed all of it in abundance. Currently without a club, the Invincible played 126 times for the Bhoys and seemingly still holds affection for Hoops faithful.

As Celtic paid tribute to Billy McNeill, on the second anniversary of a momentous Paradise tribute to our Greatest Ever captain [Celtic FC], Jozo left his own mark, just as he did on the day. Remarkably, playing number 5, Simunovic rose to make a fine header on the 67th minute of the game against Kilmarnock [BBC].

It couldn’t have been a more perfect tribute to Cesar, whose impact in the Hoops will be eternal.

Former Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic / (Photo by Alex Nicodim/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Jozo Simunovic: an excellent servant who just got what it means to be Celtic

We talk about ‘Celtic men’, and returning legends in the context of the next managerial appointment. Sentimentality has been a huge part of the Bhoys’ story, especially in recent years.

However, Simunovic had no connection to the club and made his own story. His 67th minute header that day, as the supporters mourned Billy McNeill, was a key part of his time at Celtic. It just shows that Celtic stories don’t need to be based on locality, or prior connections. Indeed, it can be even sweeter when someone unknown to us becomes a hero. See also the likes of Lubo Moravcik or Wim Jansen.

Simunovic had a trophy-laden, successful spell at the club. Although he was injury-prone, he still featured in trebles, the Invincible season of 16-17 and in big European nights. An unfussy centre-back with prowess in the air, Jozo could be frustrating at times, but his impact at Celtic was generally positive.

With this latest gesture, it just shows he knows what it means to Celtic. Hopefully, another club will come calling and he can work on making new stories with new supporters.

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