Former Celtic defender Josip Juranovic suffered a disappointing exit from the Europa League with his new side, Union Berlin on Thursday evening. The Croatian right-back joined the German club during the winter window after a successful spell with Celtic, where he became a fan favourite.

Berlin went down to Belgian side Royal Union 6-3 on aggregate. The two clubs played out a 3-3 draw in Germany but the return leg proved to be too much for Juranovic and Berlin.

Despite the disappointment of their European campaign, Juranovic and Union Berlin can take some positives from their season so far. The German side are currently sitting in the top half of the Bundesliga table, with the Croatian defender playing a key role in their impressive record since January.

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Soccer Football – Champions League – Group F – Real Madrid v Celtic – Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain – November 2, 2022 Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior in action with Celtic’s Josip Juranovic REUTERS/Susana Vera

For now, though, Juranovic will be focusing on helping Union Berlin finish the season strongly and secure a top-half finish in the Bundesliga. The Croatian will be looking to build on his impressive performances so far and continue to establish himself as one of the best defenders in German football.

While his European campaign may have come to an early end, Juranovic has shown that he has what it takes to compete at the highest level. Celtic fans will no doubt be keeping a close eye on his progress and hoping that he can continue to thrive in his new surroundings. He could be in line for a medal should Celtic go onto win the league.


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