With Josip Juranovic Celtic could finally have answer to long-term problem

By Euan Davidson

August 18, 2021

Celtic supporters are getting excited about potentially landing Croatia international Josip Juranovic.

The Legia Warsaw right-back has endured an on-again off-again saga between his club and the Bhoys. However, today’s developments indicate that Juranovic is indeed on his way to shore up a deal with the Hoops [Legia Net].

Although Anthony Ralston has found form of late, it’s obvious that Ange Postecoglou needed at least one more right-back in his squad. Someone who can deliver a devastating cross, and get up and down the pitch with ease, though? Even better.

Capped 10 times by Croatia [Transfermarkt], fans are hoping that Juranovic can be the last piece in Postecoglou’s tactical jigsaw. Signings like Kyogo Furuhashi, Joe Hart and Liel Abada have brought immediate impetus to a side that struggled last campaign.

Having an international defender can surely only improve the team.

It’s been a position of some concern for Celtic supporters for months now. After Jeremie Frimpong and Hatem Abd Elhamed left, Jonjoe Kenny struggled to impress on loan. Aurelio Buta and Yan Couto were prominently linked, but it seems Juranovic is the man.

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That is, barring any last-minute slip-ups, a failed medical or a change of heart.

At just a reported £2.5m [Sun], this really is potentially excellent business for the Bhoys.

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“Very excited”; Celtic supporters encouraged by latest Juranovic news

Celtic fans have had their say on the latest Juranovic news. For many, it’s finally an answer to a long-term Celtic problem. For others, it’s as much about the quality of the player himself.

Compilations of Juranovic dribbling in space and delivering pin-point crosses have got Celtic fans talking.

This was the reaction on Twitter today:

Clearly, the Hoops faithful are already enamoured. Here’s hoping there’s nothing to stop this deal going through, continuing what’s been an effective summer of recruitment for Celtic.

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