Josip Juranovic continues to repay Ange Postecoglou's Celtic confidence despite speculation

By Lewis Laird

January 19, 2023

Celtic defender Josip Juranovic has continued to showcase why Ange Postcoglou is correct to put his faith in him, despite transfer speculation.

It has been quite the few months for the Croatian, who just helped his nation finish third at the World Cup out in Qatar.

Juranovic was a standout in the side, putting in top performances, including a man-of-the-match display against Brazil in the quarter-finals.

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His performances at the tournament and over the last 18 months for the Hoops have led to many clubs across Europe watching his progress closely.

During December and January, transfer speculation surrounding Juranovic’s Celtic future has been rife, with suggestions that teams from England, Spani and Italy are all considering a move.

For any player, you can imagine how difficult that may be, and all the speculation surrounding your future could lead to losing focus.

At one stage, some speculated that might be the case for Juranovic after his performance against Rangers at Ibrox earlier this month.

Since his arrival last summer, the defender has showcased his quality and versatility on many occasions. So following his strong showings at the World Cup, more of the same was expected.

But, after coming on in place of the injured Greg Taylor in the Glasgow Derby, it was far from Juranovic’s best afternoon in the green and white Hoops.

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Thankfully, he has since bounced back from his derby disappointment and shown why Ange Postecoglou was correct to continue having faith in him.

Juranovic has produced perfect response to derby disappointment.

On Saturday evening, the right-back put in a strong performance against Kilmarnock, and it was much more like what we have come to expect from the Croatian.

This meant he kept his place in the starting line-up for Wednesday’s return to Scottish Premiership action against St Mirren.

However, Juranovic was back playing in a more unnatural role at left-back, and it would be his first time playing this position since the first game of 2023.

Some supporters may have had their doubts, but Juranovic quickly put them to bed with another strong display as part of the Celtic backline.

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There are many impressive aspects of the 27-year-old’s performance last night, including having the attitude to quickly bounce back from his display in the derby.

Not only was he playing in his unnatural position, but it was also as part of a back four that has never played alongside one another.

The central defender playing beside Juranovic, Yuki Kobayashi, was making his debut. So the defender had plenty to contend with on Wednesday evening.

And yet the former Legia Warsaw man still put in a strong showing against the Buddies, helping the Bhoys to a 4-0 win and a clean sheet.

It just goes to show why Ange Postecoglou was absolutely correct to keep his faith and confidence in the Croatian, who has bounced back brilliantly after an eventful few weeks.

Despite all the speculation surrounding his future, the defender has put that to the back of his mind and is clearly fully focused on succeeding with Celtic.

What happens between now and the end of the month regarding Juranovic as a Celtic player is down to the club and his representatives.

But, in the last two games, he has displayed why the Celtic boss should have no doubts about continuing to name him in the starting 11.

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