Turkish outlet TRT Spor have claimed that Jozo Simunovic is set to sign for Trabzonspor and link up with English manager Eddie Newton this summer – following his release from Scottish champions Celtic.
Simunovic, 26, was perhaps surprisingly let go on a free transfer given he cost the Hoops £5.5million in the summer of 2015 (Press & Journal). He played 129 times for Celtic, though his spell at Celtic was littered with injuries.
A nine-time Croatia Under-21 international, Simunovic won five Scottish Premiership medals at Celtic. Now, it is believed he has found a new club in the form of Trabzonspor – with ex-Chelsea boss Newton securing a deal.
The report claims that while Trabzonspor have agreed in principle to sign free agent Simunovic, nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Trabzonspor finished second, and have the chance to qualify for the Champions League.
TBR’s view – Should Celtic regret Simunovic release?
Kristoffer Ajer and Christopher Jullien remain the club’s first-choice central defenders but after that, Celtic have little options. Hatem Abd Elhamed is preferred at right-back, but can play in the middle.
Whether it was Simunovic’s decision to go or Celtic’s choice not to extend his contract remains to be seen. But either way, Celtic would be better off with the Croatian star still in the squad.