"With these fans, you can do everything"; Juranovic reveals Modric's glowing Celtic Park review

By Dave Flanigan

November 24, 2022

Celtic star Josip Juranovic has revealed details of a conversation he had with Luka Modric following Real Madrid’s victory in Paradise earlier this season.

Ange Postecoglou’s side were lauded for some of their performances in the competition despite not managing to gain the points that their showings merited, with the showdown against Los Blancos a prime example, as Celtic had numerous chances to open the scoring in the first hour of the game.

Though Madrid’s clinical edge showed, Juranovic detailed that his international teammate Modric, who scored the second on the night, was blown away by his first experience of Celtic Park, with the full-back going on to explain how he has fulfilled childhood dreams in Europe with the Hoops this season.

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Speaking on the Celtic View podcast, he said: “After the game immediately he was saying that with these fans you can do everything, but you need experience also at this level because we didn’t score from the chances that we had, they had maybe half the chances we had and they scored, because of that experience in the biggest games in the world.

“In the championship, you can just be relaxed because you believe in your friends, but in the Champions League, you believe in your friends but you need to step up and show yourself in the big nights.

“It’s everything that we dreamed about as kids, especially now in the Champions League you can see that Vinicius was talking about our football, Modric was talking about our football and atmosphere, Kroos also, I think that everybody who was facing us at Celtic Park can see that we are Champions League level, and that next year we will be stronger in the Champions League.”

On the podcast, Juranovic also detailed the process that led him to join Ange Postecoglou’s side, which came not long after he’d had an argument with Celtic icon Artur Boruc.

He said: “I was having a fight with him three weeks before when I received a call from Celtic, but after that game when we had a little fight, I spoke with him about Celtic and he was saying to me: ‘If Celtic wants you, you need to go there, because it’s a massive club, you can go further in your career. The city is good, the fanbase is perfect and you will feel that you are at home, and mostly importantly, you’ll play in the Champions League’.

“Everybody knows Celtic, because Celtic is a massive club in Europe, Champions League nights, everybody knows about Larsson, Nakamura, everyone knows these players, and I didn’t think twice when I got the call.

“I spoke with my agent and immediately he was doing everything so that I could get here and after my last game against Slavia Prague in European qualification, I was on my plane to Glasgow and everything else is history.”

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From the moment he arrived at Celtic Park, Juranovic has been a key component of Postecoglou’s side, often deputising at left-back and right-wing last season when the squad was depleted by injury.

He is currently representing Croatia at the World Cup in Qatar, and played all ninety minutes of their opening match of the tournament, a 0-0 draw with Morocco.

Next up for Juranovic, Modric and the rest of the Croatia side is a game against Canada on Sunday (4pm kick-off UK time) before their final match of the group stage against Belgium a week today (3pm kick-off UK time), as they look to repeat their achievement of reaching the World Cup final in 2018.

In other news: Ange Postecoglou is already delivering on Celtic promise well in advance