Celtic should be laughing if they get £7m for Jozo Simunovic now

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers waves to the crowd at the final whistle during UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park on February 15,...

Premier League duo Crystal Palace and Burnley were both linked with Jozo Simunovic in the summer with Scottish Premiership giants Celtic tipped to sell.

Jozo Simunovic of Celtic reacts after being red carded during the Rangers v Celtic Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

If seems that Celtic were more than open to Jozo Simunovic departing the club during the January transfer window.

Amid interest from Premier League duo Burnley and Crystal Palace, the Mail stated that the Scottish Premiership champions had put a very cost-effective £7 million price-tag on the centre-back’s head.

This, in itself, was perhaps a reflection of Simunovic’s dip in form over the last few months. He was superb in Brendan Rodgers’ first season at Parkhead but has been a shadow of his former self over the last few months.

Jozo Simunovic of Celtic tackles Kylian Mbappe of PSG  during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Paris Saint-Germain and Celtic FC at Parc des Princes on November 22, 2017 in...

And his display in the Old Firm derby clash with Rangers on Sunday did nothing to prevent the snowballing opinion that the former Dinamo Zagreb defender has become something of a liability.

Yes, Celtic won the game 3-2, thanks to a curling winner from Odsonne Edouard, but that was largely in spite of Simunovic. He may argue that his second half straight red was harsh, but he was asking for trouble when throwing a forearm in the direction of Alfredo Morelos’s face.

In reality, the 23-year-old can have very few complaints.

The same, however, cannot be said of Celtic supporters who are quickly losing patience in a defender who, alongside Dedryck Boyata, has hardly given the Hoops much of reliable platform in the last few months.

Jozo Simunovic of Celtic is red carded during the Rangers v Celtic Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

If any club is willing to pay £7 million for Simunovic this summer, amid reports Lazio want him as a replacement for Stefan de Vrij, Celtic will be laughing all the way to the bank.

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