Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic has revealed to The Scottish Sun how he kept track of his former club Dinamo Zagreb’s fortunes in the Champions League in midweek.
Dinamo defeated Premier League giants Arsenal 2-1 at home in the Champions League Group F on Wednesday.
Simunovic was playing for the Croatian side only until last month before he moved to Scottish Premiership giants Celtic on transfer deadline day.
The Bhoys took on Dutch giants Ajax at the Amsterdam ArenA in Amsterdam in the Europa League Group A on Thursday, but Simunovic spent the previous night on the phone with his brother keeping track of the happenings in the match between Dinamo and Arsenal in Croatia.
“I didn’t watch the Dinamo game, I watched Olympiakos v Bayern because I didn’t have my laptop with me in Amsterdam,” the 21-year-old told The Scottish Sun. “But I spent the whole game on the phone to my brother.
“Yes, there were messages of support with the Dinamo players. I played with them only until last month. I wished them luck and they wished me the same. We are friends.”
The Europa League is not as glamorous as the Champions League, but Simunovic should still be looking to enjoy it.
Celtic failed to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League for the second season in a row, but they should be taking the Europa League seriously.
if the Bhoys win the competition this season, then they will be guaranteed a place in the Champions League proper for the 2016-17 campaign.