In Focus: Retaining Simunovic should be a key priority for Celtic

As reported by Calcio d’Angolo, Celtic centre-back Jozo Simunovic is attracting attention from Serie A once again after last summer’s transfer drama.

What’s the story?

Having gone as far as having a medical for Torino last year, many thought Jozo Simunovic’s time at Celtic had come to an end. Ultimately that deal fell through and it was of great benefit to the Hoops with the defender having a fantastic season in the Celtic defence.

However, interest from Italy hasn’t gone away. Calcio d’Angolo reckon that Lazio are big admirers of the Croatian. The report reckons Celtic value the defender at £4.4m but after such a strong season we’d expect him to be worth more than that in today’s market.

Should Celtic sell?

Given the fact they seemed prepared to let him go to Italy last season you might expect that again the Hoops would be up for selling the big defender.

However he’s become a fan favourite at Celtic Park and it wouldn’t go down well with them if the club do decide to cash in on him.

With committed tackling, composed defending and the ability to bring the ball out of defence, he’s emerged as the Hoops’ best defender by a distance.

If they are to progress in Europe next season then they need to keep the core of their team together, at least in the short-term and Simunovic would certainly be included in that category.