Celtic are on the cusp of signing Josip Juranovic after Ange Postecoglou’s side agreed a fee with Legia Warsaw for the defender to move to Parkhead, according to The Scottish Sun.

The Hoops have been striving to strengthen Postecoglou’s right-back selections since the Australian arrived in Glasgow to replace Neil Lennon. But their initial efforts to acquire Juranovic proved unsuccessful, leaving Anthony Ralston with a chance to impress.

Reports by the Glasgow Times note Legia Warsaw rejected Celtic’s bid of around £2m for Juranovic. The Hoops have now increased their offer to match the Polish side’s £2.5m valuation, per Sky Sports, and are working on personal terms.

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Juranovic will likely sign a four-year contract at Celtic, just a year after joining Legia Warsaw from Hajduk Split. The 10-cap Croatia international impressed considerably in his debut – and potentially only – season at the Stadion Wojska Polskiego last term.

He provided eight assists and one goal in 26 Ekstraklasa appearances, with minutes at right and left midfield plus full-back. Juranovic already has two assists in eight outings this term across all competitions, but could not help Wojskowi reach the Champions League proper.

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Legia have given Celtic permission to discuss personal terms with Juranovic, and the deal could be finalised this week. But the Polish still expect the 26-year-old to feature in the first-leg of their Europa League play-off with Slavia Prague.

Wojskowi expect him to feature in Prague on Thursday night, in what would be a farewell performance before joining Celtic. The Hoops are also in midweek action as they strive to secure a place in the Europa League group stage. Postecoglou’s side host AZ Alkmaar for the first-leg of their play-off on Wednesday, with the reverse fixture next Thursday.

Celtic could face waiting game for Juranovic debut after Legia Warsaw deal

Juranovic could leave Postecoglou facing a waiting game to make his Celtic debut if he features for Legia Warsaw on Thursday. It would be a big ask of the Zagreb native to then also face St Mirren in the Premiership on Saturday, having featured in midweek.

Celtic will likely watch Legia Warsaw between the gaps in their fingers, too, fearing Juranovic potentially picking up an injury. Any blow against Slavia Prague risks derailing the Hoops’ plans, and potentially needing to sign an alternative before August 31.

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