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Celtic: Kevin Campbell reacts to Josip Juranovic exit talk

Celtic: Kevin Campbell reacts to Josip Juranovic exit talk -Celtic News

Former Premier League striker Kevin Campbell has given his reaction to reports linking Celtic ace Josip Juranovic with a move away this summer. 

The lowdown: Mixed messages

The 26-year-old Croatian full-back has found himself in the middle of transfer speculation this week after respected journalist Fabrizio Romano claimed that a move is on the cards during the summer window.

However, a contrary report from the Croatian outlet Germanijak claimed that Juranovic was settled at the Glasgow giants and the Hoops would be demanding £15million for the defender, thus pricing him out of a move.

Amidst the conflicting reports, one pundit has had his say on the situation and whether Ange Postecoglou would enter the market should the right-back leave…

The latest: ‘I’m sure…’

Speaking to Football Insider, ex-Everton hitman and regular Sky Sports contributor Campbell claimed that the club would be well prepared for any departure and likely already have a replacement ‘in mind’.

He said: “Listen, Postecoglou has done a great job and the last thing he will want is to lose key players. Nobody was quite sure how it would go last season. It could have gone horribly wrong but almost all the new signings did well.

When you are a successful side and the Premier League sides are watching, they will come for your best players. I’m sure there is lots of clubs looking at Juranovic and thinking, ‘Yeah, he could do a job here.’ He had a really good season.

“It is one of those things Celtic and Postecoglou has to deal with. I’m sure Postecoglou and his staff have a target in mind who could slot in and replace him.”

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The verdict: Spot on

Such is the faith rightfully placed in Postecoglou and his transfer acumen, almost any exit this summer should be met with an element of calm that the 56-year-old will find a suitable replacement.

So far, the Greek-Australian boss has proven to be an astute operator in the market and even relatively unknown captures who have been lured to Parkhead – like Daizen Maeda, Liel Abada and Carl Starfelt – are flourishing in a Hoops shirt.

That said, after a six-goal and four assist first full campaign under Postecoglou last term, the man hailed as ‘quality’ by positional rival Anthony Ralston was certainly an effective player in the title-winning season and would still be a huge loss for the Bhoys.

Celtic have already added Cameron Carter-Vickers and Benjamin Siegrist to the squad this summer, plus the potential additions of Jota, Alexandro Bernabei and Vinicius Souza in the pipeline, so the off-season is shaping up nicely and keeping Juranovic would be another cherry on the cake.


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