Josip Juranovic will be left out of Legia Warsaw’s squad this weekend after the Croatia international agreed a £2.5 million move to Celtic, as reported by Legia Net.
Well thank god for that.
Celtic’s long-running pursuit of a new right-sided defender looked destined to end in disappointment last week, when reports emerged suggesting that talks with Juranovic – the latest in a long line of right-back targets – had broken down.
Fortunately, it seems those claims were more wide of the mark than a Mo Bangura finish.
Because the Scottish Premiership giants have now agreed a deal that should see Juranovic join Liel Abada, Joe Hart, James McCarthy, Carl Starfelt and the exceptional Kyogo Furuhashi at Parkhead (Scottish Sun).
The Zagreb-born wide man will sign a four-year deal in Glasgow after Celtic committed themselves to paying £2.5 million. That looks like a bargain for a man who emerged as one of Croatia’s most impressive performers at Euro 2020, catching the eye during a 3-1 victory over Scotland at Hampden Park in June.
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Juranovic is expected to make his farewell appearance for Legia Warsaw this week.
The 25-year-old will say goodbye after the Europa League play-off with Sparta Prague, and is highly unlikely to feature against Polish rivals Bruk-Bet Termalica on Sunday.
While a new right-back appears to be on the way – and not a moment too soon – Celtic are also hoping to add a new left-back to Ange Postecoglou’s ranks.
Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley admitted recently that Celtic and a number of Premier League clubs had shown an interest in Republic of Ireland U21 international Liam Scales.
The versatile defender, who showcased his technical ability with two assists during a Europa League clash with Albanian outfit Teuta last week, is expected to become the most expensive export in the history of the League of Ireland.