Juranovic taking nothing for granted – “No one is secure, maybe except Luka Modric”

Josip Juranovic has revealed that he is not certain of being in the Croatia squad for the World Cup and the only way he can influence his own chances of getting the manager’s call is by keeping playing well for Celtic.

The fact that Celtic put up Juranovic for today’s media conference ahead of the League Cup quarter-final at Fir Park against Motherwell, suggest that he will be back in the side with Anthony Ralston, who was excellent in the 6-1 win over Hibs at the weekend, dropping to the bench.

Josip Juranovic and Liel Abada of Celtic celebrate after their sides victory during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and theRangers at Celtic Park Stadium on September 03, 2022 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“If you are playing bad, then the national team coach will not call you,” Juranovic stated today. You do not think about the World Cup, okay it is close, but you need to keep your form at the club and see how it goes.

“No one is secure in their spot in the squad, maybe except Luka Modric or someone else.

Reo Hatate and Luka Modric of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Group F match at Celtic Park, Photo Neil Hanna / Sportimage

“I am young, and I am learning stuff. Firstly I want to be a good person and then a good football player. We are excited.

“It was the first trophy we won last year, and we want to bring it home again. Tomorrow, the winning mentality needs to be there and it will be there.”

Juranovic went on to talk about James Forrest, being asked if the winger was becoming something of a forgotten man at Celtic this season until the last three games really brought him back into the limelight. Juranovic’s answer to this is brilliant. Have a listen…

Celtic v Hibernian – James Forrest celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal, his third to complete his hat-trick during the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, Saturday October 15, 2022. Photo Steve Welsh

And here’s all 100 of Celtic Centurion James Forrest’s 100 Celtic goals, no wonder Josip describes him as LEGEND.

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