Our View: Celtic boss may be having second thoughts over Simunovic deal

By John Reid

February 29, 2020

There seems to a bit of uncertainty surrounding the future of Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic. The centre-back disclosed recently that his contract runs out at the end of the season, but Celtic have an option for another year.

“This is my last year. We’ve arranged a meeting to talk. We’ll discuss it for sure, but it’s a not a problem for me right now” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

In the same piece, Celtic boss Neil Lennon stated that he wanted to keep the player at the club.

“I’d like to keep him, I think he is a top player. He is pretty consistent when he plays, and his best years are ahead of him” Lennon said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

However, some recent events may have given Lennon second thoughts about keeping Simunovic at the club.

Struggled badly all game

Those events are Simunovic’s poor performance for the Hoops against Copenhagen on Thursday. The centre-back struggled badly all game, and was arguably to blame for the Danish side’s first goal, which put the Hoops on the back foot in the 3-1 loss.

Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic in action against Copenhagen / (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

It will be interesting to see if Lennon has changed his mind about the future of the player. Maybe Simunovic will have to up his game in his next few performances for the Hoops before the club agrees to a new deal.

Will be looking to atone for errors

Should he be selected to take on St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup on Sunday, Simunovic will be looking to atone for his errors, not just for himself, but for the team and the manager too.

Jozo Simunovic in action for Celtic (Photo by Alex Nicodim/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Maybe if Simunovic puts together a string of good performances than he can guarantee his long-term future at Celtic.

However, it could take him a while to regain the trust of the Hoops support following his performance against Copenhagen.

Hopefully he can manage to do that, perhaps starting against St Johnstone.

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