Tom Boyd comments on Jozo Simunovic's difficult start to life at Celtic

Celtic U-20s

Tom Boyd wishes Jozo Simunovic could've stayed fit at Celtic.

Former Celtic star Tom Boyd has told the Glasgow Evening Times that it has been 'disappointing' to see Bhoys defender Jozo Simunovic struggle with injuries.

Simunovic, 21, completed a deadline day move from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb, with the centre back seen as the heir to Virgil van Dijk in the Celtic defence.

Van Dijk's move to Southampton just hours earlier meant Ronny Deila had a huge hole to fill in his defence, and chose to relatively unknown Simunovic as his replacement.

Whilst Van Dijk has starred in the Premier League with Southampton, it's been a frustrating start to life in Scotland for Simunovic, who has seen injuries prevent him from making a huge impact.

Simunovic has managed to play just two Scottish Premiership games so far, and was taken off injured in the 2-1 home defeat to Molde just over a week ago.

That latest injury means Simunovic hasn't featured for the Croatian Under-21 side, and should stand a greater chance of being fit for Celtic's game against Kilmarnock in a week's time.

After showing flashes of his ability, Simunovic has been praised by many Celtic fans so far, but former Bhoys defender Tom Boyd has told the Glasgow Evening Times that it has been disappointing to see Simunovic ruled out so regularly, but hopes that an extended break should help him recover.

"It is obviously disappointing that the lad hasn’t been able to go in and get a run of games under his belt," said Boyd. "It has been very stop-start with injury issues and he has been in and out of the team. But the fact that he now has a full week with no football to try and rest and gain the treatment that he needs then it can only enhance his return to fitness."

"The last thing Ronny would have wanted would have been for him to play if he was not quite right and then aggravate it even further. At least this way he gets the chance to rest it," he added.

Given that he is Van Dijk's direct replacement, there is plenty of pressure on Simunovic to impress at Celtic - and so far, it's certainly been a frustrating start to life in Scotland for the Croatian.

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