Polish Report: Celtic target Josip Juranovic flying to Glasgow on Friday

By David Walton

August 18, 2021

Celtic target Josip Juranovic is to fly to Glasgow on Friday and complete his move to Parkhead, according to popular Polish outlet Legia.Net.

The report states that he will fly to Scotland after taking part in Legia Warsaw’s UEFA Europa League playoff first-leg clash against Slavia Prague in the Czech Republic.

Legia.Net says it’s unknown as to whether he will play in the return match in Warsaw. However, if he’s finalising a move to Celtic, then all focus should be on ensuring he gets to know his new teammates.

It’s also believed that the €3million [£2.5m] fee agreed for the player also contains bonus payments for Legia.

Juranovic, should he jet in on Friday, almost certainly won’t be available to face St Mirren at Parkhead on Saturday. He also won’t be available for the return leg against AZ Alkmaar either given the deadline has passed to add to our UEFA squad.

In theory, that could set up a mouth-watering debut for the potential new man at Ibrox on August 29th. For now, however, Celtic fans will be waiting eagerly to see the deal get done.

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Celtic make promising progress on key target Josip Juranovic

This is a much-needed boost for Celtic supporters. We’ll all be hoping that an announcement is made on the player before Saturday’s game against St Mirren.

It’s difficult to know how to judge Celtic in their pursuit of a new right-back. On one hand, we’re set to bag a Croatian international with plenty of experience. On the other, we’ve waited until after all of our European qualifiers and been forced to go with Anthony Ralston instead.

No harm to Ralston. In truth, he’s come on leaps and bounds over the last several weeks. But this is a position that needed to take the highest priority this summer. Celtic have taken too long to get a deal over the line.

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Even now this one hasn’t been confirmed as of yet. So perhaps it’s premature to talk as if Juranovic is a Celtic player in waiting. But the reported progress appears promising.

One key boost regarding the potential Juranovic signing is his current fitness levels. Not only was he at Euro 2020 with Croatia, but he’s been playing regularly for Legia during their European qualifiers. He’s featured in eight competitive matches already this season. There’s no need for us to wait too long for him to get up to speed.

And when you consider the games he’ll likely miss, it’s looking as though he’ll be in for a monster of a debut at Ibrox. Should Ange Postecoglou feel he’s ready of course.

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