New Celtic signing Josip Juranovic shines for Croatia in Russia

By David Walton

September 2, 2021

New Celtic signing Josip Juranovic put in a superb display for Croatia in Russia as he continued his positive international momentum.

After a big season in the Ekstraklasa with Legia Warsaw, Juranovic was called up to the Croatia senior squad for Euro 2020. There, he played against Scotland and Spain before a big summer move to Celtic.

The Croat only cost the Hoops £2.5m [Sky Sports], and he managed a fine debut in our most difficult domestic fixture at Ibrox.

Last night, however, he continued to bolster his reputation with a fine performance in Croatia’s World Cup qualifier against the Russians.

The match finished 0-0, but stat experts WhoScored ranked Juranovic as the best Croatian performer on the night. He was given a ranking of 7.6/10 – the second-highest of anyone on the pitch.

This came after a fine defensive display in particular. Juranovic managed four interceptions last night – more than any of his defensive colleagues.

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A big couple of weeks for Josip Juranovic as he bolsters Croatia reputation

This is a huge international break for Juranovic as he looks to cement his place as a first-choice pick. Whilst he was given some runouts at Euro 2020, he didn’t play in the first two matches either. He’s been in and out of the Croatia side over the last 12 months.

However, last night’s display in Russia said a lot about him. It wasn’t the win Croatia were looking for, but Juranovic put in an important defensive display to ensure they weren’t on the end of a defeat.

It’s exciting to see this from a Celtic perspective. Having one of our new stars operating at such a top international level is promising. It bodes well for what he can offer Celtic once he gets a run of games under his belt.

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Next up for Juranovic is a massive double-header against Slovakia and Slovenia. Two games that could set Croatia firmly on the path to World Cup qualification for next year.

The more we learn about Jurnovic, the more promising a signing this is looking. Last night’s performance in Russia is yet another sign he can cope in hostile atmospheres.

Hopefully, he can keep his standards high ahead of a massive run of games upon his Celtic return.

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