Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League - Group A - France v Croatia - Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France - June 13, 2022 Croatia players pose for a team group photo before the match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Celtic defender Josip Juranović earned high praise from Zlatko Dalić after his impressive performances for Croatia in the Nations League. 

The versatile Celtic full-back played in all four of Croatia’s matches after returning from injury which sees them two points off top Denmark at the top of the group.

On match day three Juranović was switched to left-back which many Celtic fans know he can play fairly comfortably which has in-turn meant that a lot of praise has came his way from his international boss.

“We don’t care anymore. Sosa and Barišić are constantly injured, but I will not worry much about that anymore. We have Juranovic, we have a solution.”

“Juranović on both sides, wherever you put him is silent, works and plays. I have to appreciate that,” said Dalić to Croatian outlet Sportske Novosti.

Ever since arriving at Celtic last summer, many Celtic fans have taken to the Croatian defender and it is very satisfying to see him being given this sort of recognition. He is a very honest, hardworking player that gives his all whenever he plays football.

Majority of Celtic’s international players have had a fairly positive time away with their international sides but one of the standouts was undoubtedly Juranović’s performance in Croatia’s away victory in France.

The defender will now have a very well deserved break after international duty and will link up with his Celtic teammates once again very soon as the Hoops pre-season kicks off on the 6 July. He is the standard of player we must look to sign throughout this window and he continues to set a very high standard.

 

 

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