Neil Lennon Reveals If Celtic Are Ready To Sell Juranovic
Celtic right-back Josip Juranovic is fresh off the back of a fantastic World Cup display for his country Croatia.
Juranovic performed so well at this winter’s World Cup that there is a lot of speculation going around that the Celtic man will get a big-money move in the January transfer window.
We caught up with former Celtic manager Neil Lennon and started off by asking him if he thinks the club is ready to move on from the Croatian right-back.
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Are Celtic ready for Juranovic to leave? Would it impact their title charge?
Juranovic was outstanding in the World Cup. Against Brazil he was one of Croatia’s best players and that is the highest level you can play at. He is someone that is sought after and with Celtic bringing in the Canadian right-back, it is a sign that Juranovic will leave the club.
He’s good enough for the Premier League and any of the top clubs in Europe, but it is difficult to put a price tag on him as it is all down to what the buying club wants to pay. Celtic will try to get a large sum for him, but it looks like it is all set up for him to leave during this window.
Losing Juranovic will not threaten Celtic’s title hopes. Ralston has been a revolution since Ange has come in, and he’s a solid right-back.
The Canadian who has come in is also a good player. While you don’t want to lose your better players, Celtic have already done their business and have two right-backs who can stand in for him.
Do you think it’s difficult for teams in Scotland to sign Premier League stars?
It’s very difficult for Scottish clubs to go shopping in the Premier League.
This is due to the differences in wages and price tags. Both clubs are more likely to look at Europe or Scandinavia, and Celtic have also been looking at the far east due to Ange’s contacts in Japan.
To be fair, they’ve been very successful with it, so if a Premier League deal comes in, it is more likely to be on a free transfer.
How far behind Celtic and Rangers are the rest of the Scottish league?
Currently, it will be too difficult for the top two clubs in Scotland to be broken into. Financially and with the quality of players that they have, the gap is too big.
The Premier League has had a huge impact on this with all the league’s around Europe and Scotland is no different. Clubs are a long way off both Celtic and Rangers.
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