Jozo Simunovic's search for a new club goes on after Celtic exit; Milan not interested

By John McGinley

October 20, 2020

Jozo Simunovic’s search for a new club after his Celtic exit goes on after reports of AC Milan interest were refuted by a prominent Italian football journalist.

As we discussed earlier in the week, German outlet Hamburger Morgenpost reported that our Italian Europa League opponents were showing interest in the player.

However, Daniele Longo of CalcioMercato has provided an update on that situation, suggesting it’s not a goer on his Twitter account.

The former Celtic invincible had been linked with moves to both Rijeka and Trabzonspor over the last couple of months, but both moves fell apart because of the medical issues that plagued him in Scotland (Daily Record).

The 26-year-old was released by Neil Lennon and the Hoops in the summer, despite the club having a year option on his contract.

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Simunovic has made some high profile mistakes at Celtic Park and has had his fair share of knee problems, but part of me thinks he could have still been a useful squad member this season.

When we’re having to rely on youth players such as Stephen Welsh in a big derby match, surely we could have retained his services?

That’s not to say Welsh doesn’t deserve a chance. Despite Saturday being only his second start, I thought the acquitted himself well.

Simunovic played more than 120 times for the Hoops and managed 11 trophy wins, it’s a record that suggests he could have been a strong part of the dressing room unit as we push for a full decade of dominance in the Scottish Premiership.

Jozo Simunovic left Celtic this summer / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Perhaps though his struggle to find a new home to play this season speaks louder than my nostalgia for the defender.

In other news, Celtic fans are calling for David Turnbull to start against AC Milan.