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Celtic: McManus claims Juranovic isn’t PL quality

Celtic: McManus claims Juranovic isn't PL quality - Celtic News

Pundit and former footballer Tam McManus has said that Josip Juranovic isn’t at the level required to play in the Premier League, amid his impending Celtic exit.

The Lowdown: Juranovic set for Union Berlin medical

BBC Sport has reported that the Scottish Premiership club have given Juranovic permission to undergo a medical with German Bundesliga side Union Berlin after agreeing a £10m fee for the right-back’s services.

The 27-year-old has played 10 league matches for Ange Postecoglou’s side this season, providing a goal and an assist as well as six appearances in the Champions League.

In the summer of 2021, the Croatian put pen to paper and signed for the Bhoys, featuring 53 times for Celtic.

The Latest: Juranovic isn’t Premier League level

Speaking on PLZ Soccer, McManus raved about the business done by the Hoops and claimed that Juranovic isn’t good enough to be playing at a top Premier League side.

He stated: “I think that’ll be good business for Celtic. I thought £8-10m would be good business. I don’t think anybody’s going to pay more than that.

“There was talk of Premier League interest, I don’t think he’s that level – I don’t think he’s top-six/top-four England level.

“I think some Celtic fans maybe thought that they’d maybe get a higher fee. I think £8-10m is around about right.”

The Verdict: Big cash injection for Celtic

£10m is quite the fee for Juranovic and he’ll certainly rank highly as one of Celtic’s most expensive exits in their history.

Celtic already had their replacement lined up when they brought in Alistair Johnston, who has so far played three league games for the Hoops.

Johnston is no rookie, though, as he amassed 77 appearances in MLS and has been capped 32 times by Canada, including three matches at the 2022 World Cup.

The Bhoys can reinvest that money gained from Juranovic into another area of the pitch, and amid Sky Sports reporting that Giorgos Giakoumakis has had a bid accepted from Urawa Red Diamonds, they could use the Juranovic funds to purchase target Cho Gue-Sung, whom they’ve been in talks with recently according to reports.

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