Interim Celtic boss Neil Lennon has admitted that the club have to nurse Jozo Simunovic through games after his recent injury problems.

Lennon has disclosed that he is a big fan of the player, but that he may not always be first-choice for the Hoops as injuries mean he can’t play as many games as he would like to.

“Jozo is one we have to manage properly with the knee problems he’s had” Lennon revealed to the Evening Times.

“We need more of those types”

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“He’s been in and out but you can see what a good player he is. He’s also good in the dressing room, he’s a man, and we need more of those types.”


Simunovic has only made 24 appearances for the Hoops this season, as he has had to deal with a variety of injury issues this season.

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However, he has returned to the side in recent weeks, taking the place of the injured Dedryck Boyata.

Strolled through the semi-final

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The return has paid off for the Hoops, as Simunovic has been in good form for the side. He strolled through the recent 3-0 win over Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

It will be intriguing to see if Simunovic keeps his place in the Hoops team for Sunday’s game against Hibernian.

Going by Lennon’s comments, he would like to keep the player in the team. However, his injury issues might put paid to that idea.

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