Jozo Simunovic set for Rijeka, could make debut against Celtic Park foes

By Hamish Carton

September 25, 2020

Former Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic is set to find his next club, and could return to Glasgow this season.

The big defender, who was let go earlier this summer, is set to sign for Croatian side HNK Rijeka – according to the Scottish Sun.

The 26-year-old knows the Croatian top-flight well, having joined us from Dinamo Zagreb in 2015.

However, his European experience could also come in handy for his new club who find themselves on the brink of the Europa League group stage, just like ourselves.

Rijeka won on home soil on Thursday / (Photo by Nel Pavletic/Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images)

Rijeka are just 90 minutes away from making it to the 48-team group stage, after they saw off the Ukrainians Kolos Kovalivka 2-0 at home last night.

They’re also seen as title contenders in their homeland, and won the league for the first time in season 2016/2017 – the same year Simunovic was helping us to an Invincible treble.

Simunovic could make debut against old foes

Simunovic gave us some great one-off moments in his five year stay in Glasgow.

Who can forget his incredible tackle on Kenny Miller in a derby at Ibrox, or his 67th minute winner against Kilmarnock, just days after the sad passing of Billy McNeil.

But the big man never really lived up to the reputation of a solid Celtic number 5.

Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic in action against Copenhagen / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

His gifting of the first goal in the Europa League clash against Copenhagen back in February wasn’t the beginning of the end. It was the final nail in his Parkhead coffin.

Oh, and that reminds me. Who do you think stands in Rijeka’s way of a spot in the Europa League groups?

I’ll give you a clue. They’re Danish.

In other news, Celtic fans want to see more of Mohamed Elyounoussi after his winner in Latvia