Andy Halliday delivers verdict on Josip Juranovic debut for Celtic, at Rangers
Andy Halliday has given his verdict on new signing Josip Juranovic’s debut for Celtic on Sunday, which resulted in a 1-0 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox.
Celtic completed the signing of Juranovic on August 21 for a fee of £2.5million (Sun). Eight days later, he made his debut for Celtic – at Ibrox.
Not only was he making his debut in the backyard of his new side’s bitterest of rivals. But Croatia international Juranovic played as a left-back.
Greg Taylor is injured and Boli Bolingoli’s future at Celtic remains an intriguing one. So, Juranovic was drafted in at short notice.
Discussing his old side’s win thanks to Filip Helander’s header, Hearts midfielder Halliday had criticism for Celtic newbie Juranovic.
“Ralston was good defensively,” Halliday told Open Goal. “I thought the new boy, the full-back [Juranovic], he looked nervous.
“I thought he was alright, but he looked nervous in possession. You could see he was uncomfortable being on his right foot on the left.”
Halliday on Juranovic: Does he start for Celtic over Ralston?
Greg Taylor is expected to shake off a shoulder injury he picked up against AZ Alkmaar – an injury that saw him miss the Old Firm defeat to Rangers.
So, with the ex-Kilmarnock man returning and likely to retain his place at left-back, what happens when Ralston and Juranovic are both available?
Coming into the 21-22 season, Ralston’s future at Celtic looked all but over. But here we are, early September, labelling Ralston as a mainstay.
He has been excellent for Celtic, arguably one of their best performers under Ange Postecoglou – even scoring a couple of league goals.
While Juranovic cost £2.5million and has 10 caps, Postecoglou has got to keep faith with the Celtic academy product – at least until his form drops.