Ange Postecoglou has given defender Josip Juranovic his full backing after it was revealed that the Croatian internationalist had been given permission to travel to Germany for a medical at Union Berlin.
It looks likely that Juranovic will complete the switch which shall bring to an end a long running transfer saga that has seen the 27-year-old linked to a number of different clubs in Spain, Italy and England.
The fee is reported to be around £10 million for the defender and Postecoglou has given him his full backing to be a success in Germany.
Since Juranovic arrived in Glasgow during the summer of 2021, he very quickly established himself as an integral player in the Celtic squad and played a huge part in the Hoops winning a league and cup double in a season which had been dubbed as a ‘rebuild’.
He will depart the club with everyone’s best wishes which includes the manager as he understands his desire to seek new challenges in his career.
“Josip has absolutely loved his time here and he will remember it fondly and he gets an opportunity to do further things in his career and for his family. He’s been given permission to travel and he’ll have a medical with Union Berlin,” said Postecoglou as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I assume that if all goes well, then he’ll move. I’ve loved working with Josip. He’s been a really popular member of the dressing room, he’s been a key contributor last year to what was a very, very important season, in the context of what had happened the season before.
“The fact we had to rebuild the team and get back to where we wanted to be in terms of champions then he was a key component of that.
“With all of the lads, I’m constantly in dialogue with them about themselves and their careers and people have to appreciate Josip is 27 years old, but he hasn’t really got to the highest level until late in his career.”
Having excelled at the World Cup for his national team which included helping them reach the semi final of the World Cup before they were knocked out by eventual winners Argentina he will want to further heighten his profile.
“He just wants to maximise his opportunities, to be honest. I agree with him. That’s what all of us have in our careers, a limited time and we want to take opportunities.
“He leaves here as a fantastic player and as somebody who contributed to what was a really important season for us.”