Josip Juranovic will sign new Celtic contract reckons McAvennie

Frank McAvennie reckons Josip Juranovic will sign a new Celtic deal. The Croatian international is currently in Qatar with captain Luka Modric and the rest of their comrades as they prepare to kick-off their World Cup campaign. There will be high hopes that the nation can cause more upsets, after reaching the Final in 2018, losing to eventual winners France 4-2.

Szachtar Donieck – Celtic Glasgow N/z Josip Juranovic,Marcin Bulanda / PressFocus 2022.09.14 Warszawa Football UEFA Champions League Group F Season 2022/2023 Szachtar Donieck – Celtic Glasgow Josip Juranovic, Credit: Marcin Bulanda /PressFocus / NEWSPIX.PL

Speculation has been rife recently with Juranovic, with Stephen McGowan of the Scottish Daily Mail expressing the belief that Josip is looking to move on from the Parkhead side and try his luck in a bigger league. Juranovic has been linked away from the club ever since transfer expert Fabrizio Romano said that teams were closely monitoring him, which The Celtic Star reported on.

But nobody really knows what the plan if for Juranovic and Ange has stated he won’t plead with anyone to make them stay at the club. So it’s reasonable to assume that if he has a strong showing in Qatar that he may just be courted strongly by outsiders. A handsome return on our £2.5 million investment would represent good business and fit with our sustainability model which is so crucial these days.

Matt O’Riley celebrates with Josip Juranovic after scoring the fifth goal during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and St. Johnstone at Celtic Park on April 09, 2022. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, speaking to Football Insider, club legend McAvennie has stated on record that he thinks the right-back will sign a new deal. “I think there is not much we can do about it in Scotland,” he told Football Insider. It is not just Celtic. I think every club is a selling club now. It does not make any difference what contract he is on. If someone comes in and the right money is offered, he will be gone.

“If they are offering him a new contract now he should take it. Then Celtic are going to get more money out of it. It is a win-win for the player. If he has got respect for Celtic, and I think he does, then he will sign the contract. It might never materialise, a move might not happen.

“He is such a good player and somebody will come in for him somewhere down the line. He is getting a bit of security if he signs the contract and if he has a good World Cup then he will be gone.”

Paul Gillespie

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