Ange Postecoglou admitted last week that he felt he’d walked under a ladder after the start of his Celtic tenure.
Indeed, after the Hoops suffered more dropped points and yet another injury on Sunday, he’d have been wondering how many ladders had been placed in his way.
The Bhoys only have ten points from their opening seven matches and barring a miracle, it would take a lot of work in order to regain the Premiership title.
Juranovic has now joined a plethora of other bodies on the treatment table with fellow defender Greg Taylor out alongside the likes of Callum McGregor, Giorgos Giakoumakis and Kyogo Furuhashi.
Now is the time for Celtic’s most experienced players to step up. You’re asking for Joe Hart to lead by example and for Tom Rogic to really grab the bull by the horns.
Sadly, the Australian’s performances have waned in recent weeks. He started the campaign in excellent form and looked a rejuvenated figure under Postecoglou following a goal against Dundee FC.
However, he’s now struggling to add impetus to the final third and he’s also losing the ball on a regular basis.
As Celtic laboured to a 1-1 draw with Dundee United this weekend, he was particularly poor. Rogic missed a golden opportunity that struck the woodwork, gave away possession 20 times and completed just 71% of his passes.
One simple remedy would be to withdraw Rogic from the starting XI for a period of games.
However, with Celtic’s injury list mounting, that’s easier said than done.
A way they could solve that issue is by looking into the B team and unleashing some of the young players who are set to star in the future.
Postecoglou hasn’t been shy to grant opportunities to young players with Dane Murray featuring in the Champions League a few weeks ago and Adam Montgomery now becoming a key part of the manager’s plans.
Another teenager they should turn to is Owen Moffat.
The 19-year-old was on the bench against Dundee United last weekend and has been a rampant threat all season long for the B team.
Capable of playing out wide but also through the middle, Moffat is a mightily talented individual, someone who’d be prepared to offer more in the final third than his Australian colleague.
He has been among the goals already this season, finding the net five times in a 10-0 win over Vale of Leithen.
The youngster started that game on the flanks but moved centrally before catching the eye again.
At his age, versatility will be extremely important when it comes to breaking into the senior set-up.
He’s never made a first-team appearance but one can’t be far off after the acclaim he’s received in 2021/22.
Speaking during pre-season, skipper Callum McGregor commented: “A mention for young Moffat – his attitude has been first class. I remember watching him at the end of last season, training on the astro himself. Every day they would do finishing and I remember thinking: ‘He’s got a finish on him’.”
With Celtic stuttering, they will be lusting after the return of their injured stars. Though, for the time being, it’s surely worth exploring Moffat’s qualities in the first-team.