Dedryck Boyata’s time at Celtic is very quickly coming to an end. Over the weekend it was confirmed that the Belgian will be leaving Parkhead and joining Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin as his Celtic contract ends. The one game he has left is the Scottish Cup final as he aims to become a treble-treble winner, although his replacement is already at the club.
The Bhoys have already been given the good news that Brendan Rodgers will re-loan them Filip Benkovic from Leicester City. Bringing the Croatian defender back to the club next season will go a long way to helping them get over the loss of Dedryck Boyata, although considering Benkovic was the man partnering up Boyata he can’t be his replacement. That’s where Jozo Siumonovic comes in.
The 24-year-old Croatian defender is one that the Bhoys will be desperate to get behind at Celtic Park, and even though the Bhoys will be keen to get a new defender in regardless of having Benkovic and Simunovic, it will likely be the two young Croatians who are set to star at the heart of their defence. Neil Lennon, if he gets the job, won’t hesitate to throw the pair in, and any other manager should do the same.
This season has seen Jozo Simunovic step up massively when he’s played, and even if the Croatian may not be the man that Boyata has been over the last few years at the Parkhead club, he can write his own future as a Celtic centre-back. In this case, Simunovic has already started doing so, and he was the man who provided the magic moment, as Celtic’s #5 scoring on the 67th minute during the Billy McNeill’s tribute game.
That will be enough to enter the young central defender in the history books of the famous Glasgow club, and should he be the man to fill the void left by Boyata whilst a young central defender comes in as the backup then he will be a fitting replacement for the departing defender. His performances as of late have been impressive, and the Bhoys have no issues with seeing him step up from the start of next season.
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