Deila comments on whether Jozo Simunovic will make Celtic debut tonight

Ronny Deila

Ronny Deila says there is a chance Jozo Simunovic will make his debut against Ajax.

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has told The Scottish Sun that 'there is a chance' new signing Jozo Simunovic will make his debut against Ajax tonight.

The Bhoys are looking to bounce back from their disappointing 2-1 defeat to Aberdeen on Saturday, but face a tough task as they take on Dutch giants Ajax at Celtic Park in their opening Europa League group game.

Manager Deila has come in for stern criticism since that defeat to Aberdeen, and he may look to a new face for help against Ajax this evening.

Croatian defender Jozo Simunovic signed for Celtic on deadline day, and has been brought in from Dinamo Zagreb in order to replace Virgil van Dijk, who left Glasgow for Southampton on the same day.

The 21-year-old centre back may have been a Celtic player for over two weeks now, but he has yet to make his debut - and that moment could be drawing ever closer.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun ahead of their clash with Ajax, Deila admitted that Simunovic is in contention to play his first game for Celtic, with the Bhoys struggling defensively of late.

"There is a chance Jozo will play," said Deila. "He has been with us for a week now. He is a fantastic guy and a good player. We’ll see if he will play or not," he added.

After conceding just 17 goals in the entirety of the Scottish Premiership season last term, Celtic have already conceded eight goals this season as they come to terms with the departures of Van Dijk and former loanee Jason Denayer.

Simunovic is young with little experience, but he could help solidify the Celtic defence - and whilst facing Ajax may be a baptism of fire, Deila will be confident that he can make the grade.

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