Celtic's Jozo Simunovic has chance to prove Champions League quality against PSG

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic applauds supporters following the full time whistle in the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on April 29,...

Celtic's Jozo Simunovic was linked with Newcastle, West Brom and Burnley - but he's got the chance to prove he belongs at an even higher level.

TOPSHOT - Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani (L), Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappe and Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates...

The prospect of the two most expensive players in the history of world football travelling from Paris to Parkhead is enough to give even the most confident Celtic fan a few twists and turns ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League opener.

And that’s without mentioning Edinson Cavani, the Uruguayan goal-machine who plundered 49 in 50 games last season and already has seven in six this.

Until recently the preserve of La Liga, PSG can now boast the most fearsome attacking trident in the game with Cavani, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe gearing up to take on Scottish Champions Celtic in their own back yard.

Therefore, you could forgive Celtic centre-back Jozo Simunovic for feeling a little nervy – especially after the much-vaunted trio all got on the scoresheet as PSG blew away Metz on Friday evening. However, the 23-year-old should instead view this most daunting of tests as an opportunity to prove that he belongs at Europe’s top table.

Jozo Simunovic of Celtic  celebrates after he scores during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Dundee and Celtic at Dens Park Stadium on March 19, 2017 in Dundee, Scotland.

Time to shine

The talented defender, who recently announced that he will play his international football for Bosnia despite representing Croatia at youth level, is one of the most highly-rated players in Celtic’s squad and that has inevitably led to transfer speculation.

The Mail reported in May that Sevilla and RB Leipzig, who will also play in the Champions League this week, had sent scouts to watch the £9 million-rated Simunovic in action. Premier League trio Newcastle, West Brom and Burnley were also keen.

Jozo Simunovic of Celtic clatters into Nicklas Bendtner of Rosenborg during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Third Round,First Leg match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park...

And the prospect of playing against three world class forwards gives Simunovic the chance to prove his worth and that he has the potential and the talent to play Champions League football on an annual basis.

An impressive performance and Celtic should expect more scouts to make the trip to Parkhead in the coming months.

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