Chris Sutton says Celtic’s Jozo Simunovic has gone backwards

Celtic's Croatian-born Bosnian defender Jozo Simunovic (L) vies with Zenit St Petersburg's Russian forward Aleksandr Kokorin during the UEFA Europa League football match between Celtic and...

Celtic midfielder Jozo Simunovic was sent off at Ibrox in the Old Firm derby last weekend.

Celtic's Croatian-born Bosnian defender Jozo Simunovic (L) vies with Zenit St Petersburg's Russian forward Aleksandr Kokorin during the UEFA Europa League football match between Celtic and...

Chris Sutton has suggested in The Daily Record that Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic has gone backwards.

The former Celtic striker was not impressed with the performance of Simunovic against Rangers at Ibrox in the Old Firm derby last weekend.

The 23-year-old central defender had a poor game and was also sent off, although Brendan Rodgers’s side managed to win the Scottish Premiership match 3-2.

Sutton wrote in The Daily Record: “A year ago Jozo Simunovic was smashing into Kenny Miller and hailed a hero but he’s gone backwards at a rapid rate.”

Celtic's Croatian-born Bosnian defender Jozo Simunovic (L) vies with Celtic's French striker Moussa Dembele during the UEFA Europa League football match between Celtic and Zenit Saint...

Improvement needed

Simunovic is a very good defender and is one of the best in the Scottish Premiership, but the performances of the 23-year-old on many occasions have been disappointing.

It is clear that the central defender needs to improve, and perhaps he will in the final weeks of the season.

Virgil Van Dijk of Celtic   at the Pre Season Friendly between Celtic and Real Sociedad at St Mirren Park on July 10th, 2015 in Paisley, Scotland.

Celtic signed the defender from Dinamo Zagreb in the summer of 2015 for a transfer fee reported by The Daily Mail to be worth £3 million.

As reported by ESPN, Simunovic was signed by Celtic as a replacement for Virgil van Dijk, who left the Hoops for Southampton in the summer of 2015 for £11.5m, according to The Daily Mail.

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