Speaking to the Evening Times, Pat Bonner has admitted that Celtic will make their money back on Jozo Simunovic in the future, even if the defender is not yet ready to appear for the first-team.
The club legend said: “I’m looking forward to seeing how Jozo Simunovic fits in. He’s only going to arrive this week and there’s a worry the Aberdeen game will come too soon. It’s a gamble considering the fee and the fact he’s coming from Dynamo Zagreb in the Croatian league and you never know how someone will settle, but he’s young and if he fits in and does well I guess they are thinking they’ll get their money back on him eventually.”
Bonner believes that Simunovic will grow into a success with the Bhoys, and it was for his potential that Celtic signed him from Dinamo Zagreb.
The club believe that they will make their money back on him in the future, whether that is through years of top class services, or due to the fact that he could be sold in a few years for a large profit - such as happened when Virgil van Dijk left Parkhead this summer.
Simunovic is still only 21, but he was a full-time player with Zagreb, and is captain of Croatia’s Under-21 side, and the centre-back is rated highly.
With Celtic he is sure to be playing regularly - especially following Van Dijk’s departure - and he will have a great chance to develop and grow into his potential.
He may take a few months to truly establish himself at Parkhead, but Bonner believes he will show his worth to Celtic in the future, and that is the reason behind signing him.