The Celtic centre-half switched his international allegiance from Croatia to Bosnia just a number of months ago having represented Croatia at every level between under-14 and under-21.
Celtic centre-half Jozo Simunovic will have surprised fans at his decision to snub a first international call up from the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team, just a few months after switching allegiance from his country of birth, Croatia, to his country of heritage, Bosnia.
The 23-year-old was thought to be becoming increasingly frustrated with his lack of chances with Croatia and as a result, decided to jump ship with eyes on a better international career.
As a result, it is understandable why fans cannot believe his decision to turn down the chance to earn his debut for his new nation.
Simunovic's decision to snub the call up is very much a club over country situation, with the defender eyeing his form for Celtic as a priority over international friendly matches
However, with the former Dinamo Zagreb player having been sent off against Rangers, Simunovic will endure a domestic ban, making his decision all the more strange.
Regardless, Celtic fans and Brendan Rodgers will no doubt appreciate his dedication to the club and perhaps his decision was made with the view of proving to the Hoops that he is worthy of a contract extension and the chance to remain at Celtic Park for many years to come.
One thing is for sure though, and that is having snubbed both Croatia and Bosnia, things are looking pretty bleak for the centre-back's international career prospects.
In typical fashion, many fans took to Twitter to express their reaction at the surprising news. Many individuals were happy to see the defender commit to Celtic with such a statement, whilst others seemed baffled that at 23, he would turn down the opportunity to win a first senior cap, having originally rejected Croatia for not giving him enough chances.
Wit a like to hear Jozo— The French Connection CSC (@petmorr67) 15 March 2018
Wow.— Paul McWilliams♂️ (@jockdj83) 15 March 2018
Lucky them. He's rubbish— Boo! (@Danboo67) 15 March 2018
Its to focus on his club career at the moment. He has been going through a rough patch.— Michael Kearney (@Krny1888) 15 March 2018
Well played Broony and Jozo!— Sanfrancelt (@Stephen39930173) 16 March 2018
Jozo Simunovic of Celtic recently switched from Croatia to Bosnia....— Colm (@cohcfc) 9 March 2018
It’s sad, but to be honest, I think he’s waiting or expecting a call from the Croatian national team, so he can join them. The only reason why he joined Bosnian’s team was because he was mad at Croatia’s FA for not giving him a chance to begin with.— Mirza Cirkic (@CirkicMirza) 15 March 2018
He isn’t playing well enough to make the Scotland team never mind Croatia— Martin Clark (@MartinC23269240) 15 March 2018
Nah he used it as a stepping stone to get to the Croatian team (also apparently he has declared himself unfit at the moment) so clearly the club isn't the first thing on his mind, it's not like Brendan said he isn't fit, he said he isn't, seems all abit fishy— Mitch The Bitch (@M_Mitch0408) 16 March 2018
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