Celtic right-back Josip Juranovic has revealed that he did have to be convinced to move to Parkhead in the summer.
The Croatian international made the £2.5m move from Polish champions Legia Warsaw back in August but he wasn’t sure about the switch at first after the Hoops’ failures under previous boss Neil Lennon. However, a conversation with manager Ange Postecoglou soon made him feel at ease after the transfer was finalised:
“Honestly, when I arrived in Glasgow, I was a little skeptical, especially since the team won nothing last season. However, on the first day, the coach approached me and said, ‘this is a new Celtic, I want you in it.’ He automatically brought a smile to my face, and since then it hasn’t left my face. It paid off, we are first in the league table with three points more than Glasgow Rangers. Upon our return from Doha, a big derby awaits us immediately, we are offered the opportunity to go six points clear. So everything is in our hands. The city is great, the crowds even better, the teammates amazing. I’m looking forward to lifting the trophy with Celtic.”
Juranovic has been a key part of Celtic’s revival under Postecoglou. The 26-year-old has already proven to be an excellent addition to the squad; especially for the transfer fee that was paid.
The fullback has filled in ably on both flanks, and his four goals and one assist in 32 appearances is a good return in his first season for the Hoops. He will be hoping to add to his League Cup winners medal before the end of the campaign.