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Celtic: Frank McAvennie bemoans Josip Juranovic injury

Celtic: Frank McAvennie bemoans Josip Juranovic injury -Celtic News

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has bemoaned Josip Juranovic’s absence through injury ahead of the clash with Ross County.

The Lowdown: Juranovic out of clash

The Hoops face a crucial Scottish Premiership clash on Sunday afternoon, making the trip to fifth-place Ross County for what could be a sticky fixture.

Celtic have a small cushion over Rangers at the top of the table, but any slip-up could be key and they will have to make do without Juranovic this weekend.

The Croatian is missing for a number of weeks through injury, meaning Ralston is expected to slot in at right-back against Ross County.

The Latest: McAvennie backs Ralston

Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie said Juranovic’s absence is significant, but stuck by Ralston at the same time:

“Juranovic is a wonderful defender. We all know I have been critical of Tony Ralston but he loves playing in the role Ange is currently giving him.

“I have no problem, with him coming in. It’s a shame for Juranovic because it’s one hell of a blow for him. He’s a brilliant player and he’s done so well against good players. Kent couldn’t get near him in the last few times we have played Rangers.

“It’s a man down but Celtic have to get on with it. That’s the only thing they can do at this point. Ralston has a few goals and assists so he does do a lot going forward.

“Hopefully he can play as brilliant as he did at the start of the season.”

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The Verdict: Big game for replacement

Ralston may not be loved by McAvennie but he has proven to be a good squad player this season, starting 20 matches in total and chipping in with four goals.

While Juranovic is arguably the first-choice right-back, the 23-year-old should have no issue filling in, doing his job and helping Celtic pick up three more valuable points.

Having strong squad depth is vital to any title charge and that is the case with the Hoops, with players of Ralston’s ilk able to come in and perform when required.

In other news, a pundit has bemoaned something that will affect Celtic next season. Read more here.


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