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Celtic: Josip Juranovic is perfect for Ange Postecoglou

A summer of change is playing out at Celtic but the Hoops are far from finished when it comes to their transfer business.

Ange Postecoglou wasn’t backed sufficiently until the Bhoys crashed out of Europe’s top competition but since then, they’ve made some eye-catching acquisitions.

On the chalkboard

Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada have taken to life at Parkhead like ducks to water, contributing a whole host of goals since penning terms.

However, they could still be joined in Glasgow by Thomas Henry, the second top scorer in the Belgium top-flight last term.

What’s more important for Celtic now, however, is improving their backline.

Manchester City centre-back Ko Itakura has been linked with a swoop while it’s thought the Bhoys are on the verge of sealing a £2.5m move for Croatian right-back Josip Juranovic.

Should Celtic sign Juranovic?

No way!

No way!

Yes please!

Yes please!

That’s according to various sources. Sky Sports first reported that Celtic were looking to complete a deal before journalist Izak Ante Sucic (via Everything Celtic) suggested that everything was progressing nicely.

One of the biggest priorities for Postecoglou since he was handed the keys to Paradise has been finding a right-back.

Although Anthony Ralston has started the new season with two goals in successive Premiership games, he still doesn’t feel like a long-term solution to their problems in that third of the pitch.

In Juranovic, they’d find a significant upgrade for their defensive ranks.

The Croat currently plays for Legia Warsaw in Poland where he’s quickly become one of the most eye-catching full-backs in the division.

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Described as a “creative monster” by Bhoys Analytics, he’d be the perfect player to fit into the manager’s inverted way of playing.

Capable of coming inside and playing a pass, he is also rampant when hugging the touchline. Juranovic managed to register eight assists last term while completing a very impressive 40% of his crosses.

Furthermore, the Croatia international is extremely competent from a defensive point of view. Although his height of just 5 foot 8 means he wins very few aerial duels, he gave away the least amount of fouls in the entire Polish top-flight last season at only 0.21 per 90 minutes.

Celtic had attacking full-backs in Jeremie Frimpong and Jonjoe Kenny last term but what they lacked was somebody who could also defend reliably. Juranovic is technically strong but is physical too, prevailing in 67.6% of his ground duels.

On that evidence, the Croatian flyer would be the ideal addition to their ranks this summer. He is creative, strong and also remarkably cheap.

AND in other news, Celtic must sign 25-goal “great talent” who could become “better” than Henrik Larsson…

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