Jozo Simunovic’s performances for Celtic since returning from injury have been a real bonus for the Hoops.

The centre-back was out of action for months after having a knee operation, but made his return to the side in the 2-1 Scottish Cup win over Partick Thistle in January.

His performance might have been a bit rusty in his return to the side, but the Hoops still managed to win the game.


Since then though, Simunovic has answered every question that has been asked of him so far this season.

Significant breakthrough in recent game

He hasn’t put a foot wrong since returning to the Celtic side. Perhaps even more significantly, he played on Kilmarnock’s artificial pitch in Celtic’s recent visit to Rugby Park.

Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic

Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

That is a real breakthrough for the player, as he has not played on that surface in recent years due to knee issue.

However, Neil Lennon had no qualms about playing Simunovic on the surface, and the player performed well.


That should give the player a lot of confidence for the rest of the season. However, the Hoops will still need to be careful with the player.

He has picked up so many injuries in his time at Celtic that you never know when the next one will occur. In five seasons at Celtic he has played 122 games, which in all honesty isn’t as many as could be expected.

He has only managed to play 20 plus league games once in all that time at the club.

Rest player every few games

To make sure that Simunovic stays fit, Neil Lennon should rest the player every few games. There is no need for him to play against Clyde in the Scottish Cup on Sunday.

Stephen Welsh, who recently performed well for the Hoops against Hamilton can replace him in the side.

Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic

Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

By resting Simunovic every few games, the Hoops can manage his fitness, and that should allow the player to feature for the side towards the end of the season.

Simunovic’s return to the side has gone better than perhaps many expected. Now Celtic must manage his fixtures to ensure he doesn’t suffer another injury.

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