Ange Postecoglou answers questions on Celtic futures of Jullien, Ajeti and Juranovic

By John McGinley

July 8, 2022

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou was asked about the futures of Christopher Jullien, Albian Ajeti and Josip Juranovic this morning, but gave similar answers on all three.

Postecoglou has always been consistent with his messaging on potential exits, insisting that up to the point of their departures, they are considered as much of a Celtic player as anyone else.

We witnessed that last summer with regards to Ryan Christie, Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard. It’s no different this time around.

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You can understand why Sky Sports would ask the probing questions this morning at the training camp in Austria, but Postecoglou wasn’t up for giving much away on the future of any of his players.

When asked about Jullien, he told the broadcaster: “Everyone’s future is the same. Everyone’s future is unknown. None of us have any certainty about what we do. All we can do with Chris and the other lads – they’re training with us and while they’re with us, I’ll treat them as one of our players.”

On Ajeti, the Bhoys boss responded: “Again, it’s not stuff I really think about. They’re here, training and getting an opportunity. With the players, they’ve got to make their own decisions about their futures as well.

“They know what they want to do and where they will get their best opportunities. They’re not discussions I have with he players unless they come and seek them with me.”

Finally, on Juranovic and the speculation about a big-money exit, Postecoglou said: “You won’t get a different answer, he’s part of the furniture here, he’s training well. Everyone’s future is uncertain.

“Whatever happens in the future is determined by what you do today.

“With Josip and the other boys, who had fantastic seasons last year, the key now is to improve this year. If they improve this year then all those kind of things take care of themselves.”

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So there you go – Postecoglou is making it quite clear he won’t acknowledge or discuss specific speculation. As long as his players are in training and working they will be given the same chance as anyone else.

Personally, I can’t see a future for Ajeti at Celtic. I have my doubts about whether Jullien will be here at the end of the window or not too.

Juranovic, I am a little more confident about considering the money it would take to sign him and the fact he’s a firm member of the first-team ahead of a World Cup.

As Ange says though, nothing is guaranteed! Until there is news, there’s no news.

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