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Celtic: McAvennie hints Josip Juranovic is already on his way out

Celtic: McAvennie hints Josip Juranovic is already on his way out - Celtic News

Frank McAvennie feels Celtic may be resigned to the fact that right-back Josip Juranovic will leave the club in January, given their capture of Canada defender Alistair Johnston.

The Lowdown: Juranovic shining at World Cup

Ange Postecoglou didn’t have too many of his players representing the club in Qatar, but in Juranovic, they have someone who is enjoying an excellent tournament.

The 27-year-old has been a key figure for Croatia, starting all five games and registering one assist, and he is now preparing for Tuesday’s semi-final clash with Argentina.

Juranovic’s stock has risen massively in recent weeks, such have been the level of his performances, and he has been linked with a move away from Parkhead, with Johnston arriving as a possible replacement.

The Latest: Celtic exit inevitable?

Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie suggested there’s ‘obviously something in the wind’ given the quick deal to secure a new right-back:

“Anywhere he (Juranovic) goes he will be a first team player, he is that good. There is obviously something in the wind because they have just bought Johnston.”

The Verdict: Matter of time

In an ideal world, Celtic would keep hold of Juranovic for many years to come, but the brutal truth is that he may now be eyeing up a greater challenge.

He has shown that he can excel on the biggest footballing stage in the world, producing a superb performance against Brazil last Friday and receiving praise from pundits after the game.

Juranovic’s head will surely be turned if a European challenger now comes in for his signature – Celtic just need to make sure they receive a healthy amount for his services and use the profits wisely.

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