New Celtic signing Jozo Simunovic has told The Scottish Sun that he is still adjusting to life in Glasgow - and has admitted that the language barrier is a problem.
The Croatian centre back, 21, came up through the ranks at Dinamo Zagreb, much like big names such as Dejan Lovren, Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric, Andrej Kramaric and Mario Mandzukic.
Yet just like those before him, Simunovic has now moved on to continue his career elsewhere, signing for Celtic on deadline day as manager Ronny Deila landed his replacement for star defender Virgil van Dijk, who was snapped up by Southampton.
After missing last weekend's 2-1 defeat at Aberdeen, Simunovic made his Celtic debut on Thursday night, starting in the Bhoys' 2-2 draw at Ajax in the Europa League.
Simunovic made a bright start to life at Celtic with a solid display, and fans are hoping that he can kick on and emulate Van Dijk's success in Glasgow.
Now, Simunovic has opened up about his transfer, telling The Scottish Sun that the move is 'not easy' due to him having to adjust to a new country, and admitted that the language barrier has been the biggest problem during his time at Celtic so far.
"I don’t know how long it will take me to settle. It is not easy," said Simunovic. "I am thinking game by game and we will see. I will need some time. It was maybe difficult at the start, but I wanted to come here. To come here I had to leave Zagreb, that is normal. There is a problem with the language, but I’ll learn and it will be okay."
"I wanted to test myself. I don’t put pressure on myself. It is normal in a football player’s life to do this. I wanted this chance," he added.
With time, Simunovic will settle in at Celtic and no doubt learn to speak fluent English - and to play as well as he did against Ajax given those issues, Simunovic may well end up being a top signing for Celtic; just as hie predecessor Van Dijk was.