Celtic have been handed a huge boost in their bid to retain the services of Josip Juranovic beyond the summer transfer window.
In recent comments cited by the Daily Record, the Hoops right-back all but confirmed that, despite being linked with a summer switch to Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City, he is not looking to secure a move away from Parkhead any time soon, also suggesting that he is loving his time in Glasgow.
When asked whether he is happy at Celtic Park, the right-back replied: “Yes, I am satisfied, but it can always be better. New training is a new chance, I do not want to waste a single part of my career.
“Celtic is a great club, I enjoy it from the first day. I go to training with a smile, I enjoy the club, the city, the fans.”
The Croatia international was then pushed on a future move away from the Bhoys, to which Juranovic said: “Transfer? There are always some stories, but I leave that to my manager. I am at Celtic with all my heart.”
Considering just how impressive Juranovic has been since his £2.5m move to Parkhead last summer, the 26-year-old’s apparent commitment to the Celtic cause is sure to have left Ange Postecoglou buzzing.
Indeed, over his 24 Premiership appearances this season, the £3.6m-rated full-back has been in breathtaking form, helping his side to keep 10 clean sheets, scoring two goals and creating four big chances for his team-mates. He has also averaged 1.3 key passes, 0.9 interceptions, 1.5 tackles and 1.4 clearances and won 3.1 duels per game.
These returns have seen the £42k-per-week defender, who Ally McCoist dubbed an “outstanding” talent, average a quite astonishing SofaScore match rating of 7.20, ranking him as the 12th-best player in the Scottish top flight this term.
As such, despite the reported interest of a Premier League club, the reports that Juranovic is more than happy to remain a Celtic player beyond the summer is sure to come as a huge boost to Postecoglou and his side. Another season of the 26-year-old lining up on the right of the Hoops’ backline should certainly do the club’s 2022/23 title hopes no harm whatsoever.