An update has emerged on Legia Warsaw fullback Josip Juranovic, regarding his potential move to Celtic.
According to Sky Sports, Celtic have agreed a deal with Legia Warsaw to sign right-back Josip Juranovic this summer.
The report claims that he will make one final appearance for Legia before flying to Scotland to complete his £2.5m switch, having already agreed personal terms with the club.
Ange Postecoglou will be delighted with this news as it suggests that the club are finally closing in on an answer to their right-back problem.
Anthony Ralston has stepped up and started the season in fine form, but there is little in the way of competition in that area of the pitch. The 22-year-old has scored twice in two Scottish Premiership matches, averaging a WhoScored rating of 8.44 whilst making seven tackles in those two games.
Jeremie Frimpong departed for Bayer Leverkusen in January and Jonjoe Kenny returned to Everton in the summer following his loan spell with the club. These exits opened the door for Ralston to come in, having played once in the 2020/21 campaign. Due to his lack of game time last term, it is difficult to say whether or not he will be able to maintain the impressive performances he is currently delivering.
This is why Postecoglou will be over the moon by Juranovic’s arrival, should all go to plan and he officially signs later this week. He could add quality competition in the right-back area and allow the Australian coach to rotate his defensive options, rather than relying on Ralston to remain fit and consistent throughout the entire campaign.
Juranovic enjoyed an impressive season with Legia last term. He produced one goal and eight assists from fullback in the league, whilst he has also managed two assists in eight games this season for the club. This suggests that he could be an exciting addition to the squad as he could provide creativity from the fullback position, creating chances for the likes of Odsonne Edouard and Furuhashi to get on the end of.
He has also been capped 10 times by his country, Croatia, which shows that he is highly regarded by his coaches at national team level. It also means that he has experience of playing at the top level in high-pressure situations, as he has played in the European Championships for Croatia.
Therefore, he could be ready to handle the expectations he may face at Parkhead instead of being swallowed up by the pressure. This is why Postecoglou will be delighted to get this deal over the line for the attacking dynamo from fullback this week.