This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
Jozo Simunovic signed for Celtic in 2015 from Dinamo Zagreb for £6.75m and he enjoyed five successful years at the club, winning the Scottish Premiership five times whilst also being part of six domestic cup victories, per Transfermarkt.
He made 126 appearances for the Hoops across all competitions, keeping 59 clean sheets whilst also managing to score five goals along the way, per Transfermarkt.
These stats highlight that he is a decent player but the club do not have him in their future plans as they allowed the centre-back to leave as his contract expired on the weekend, per BBC Sport Scotland.
Cleary Neil Lennon doesn’t believe that Simunovic is worth keeping and that he was willing to let him leave despite his age of 25 suggesting that he is coming into the peak of his career hints that the manager didn’t really rate him.
He was known to make mistakes, with Celtic legend Pat Bonner criticising the defender for his errors in the past, via BBC Sport, whilst the Celts have ended up losing more than £6m on the Croatian after letting him leave without recouping a transfer fee.
That he cost a sizeable sum yet been unable to consistently hold down a place in the first XI is a damning indictment of Simunovic’s underwhelming time at Parkhead.
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