'Seems a bit fishy': fans bemused by Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic's Bosnia snub

Moussa Dembele of Celtic celebrate at the final Whistle with teams mate Patrick Roberts and Jozo Simunovic during the Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox...

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'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 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. 

Jozo Simunovic (C) of FC Dinamo Zagreb is challenged by Antonio Milic (R) of FC Hajduk Split during the Croatian Prva HNL Liga match between FC Dinamo Zagreb and FC Hajduk Split at the...

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.

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