In Focus: Celtic should resist all attempts to sign Jozo Simunovic

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Spartak Moscow are showing late summer transfer window interest in powerful Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic.

What’s the story?

The Hoops have managed to hold on to all of their key performers from last season thus far in the transfer window, but entering the final week there’s always a chance that teams can come in, make bids and turn heads in Brendan Rodgers’ squad.

The Scottish Sun reckon Russian champions Spartak Moscow have been tracking Simunovic all summer and have even enquired about his availability.

The paper say the defender is rated at £10m and that the Russians are keen to bolster their back line in their bid to retain the Russian league title.

However, with Celtic having ambitions of their own, is it the right time to sell the Croatian?

Defensive tower

Having nearly joined Torino last summer, even travelling to Italy to have a medical, Simunovic eventually emerged as the top performer in Brendan Rodgers’ defence last season, becoming a fan favourite due to his no nonsense, powerful defending and ability to drive out of the back line with the ball at his feet.

Supporters would be desperately disappointed to see him leave, especially as injuries and under par performances make the central defensive position one of real concern right now. Simunovic is perhaps the one man in the heart of defence that Celtic fans trust.

Still just 23 years of age, he has plenty of room for improvement and selling him should be the last thing on the Hoops’ mind right now. They should be looking to strengthen that area of the pitch in the last week of the window and should resist all attempts to weaken it, even if the money on offer is good.