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Celtic brace themselves for life without star

Celtic fans will be dismayed to hear that they have lost their Bosnian defender Jozo Simunovic to injury


A scan has revealed that Simunovic, who missed Celtic’s 2-2 draw with Hibernian on Saturday, has ruptured his hamstring – and he has subsequently withdrawn from the Bosnian squad who are lined up to play Belgium and Estonia in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Simunovic, who is now a major doubt to face Celtic’s next Champions League test against Bayern Munich, has already missed several games through injury this season, but the player hopes that an extended rest will see him fit enough to make the trip to Germany which carries far more significance after Celtic thrashed Anderlecht last time out.

Simunovic recently signed a new contract with the Bhoys, who fought off approaches from a number of clubs over the summers, including Burnley from the Premier League. There remains significant interest in the player, and though he is now tied into a longer deal, this will be tested – especially should Celtic fail in Europe. In a league where Celtic are a dominant force, but generally seen as playing teams way below any kind of standard, they know they need to be competitive as a minimum in Europe, or risk the continual loss of players like Simunovic, who look to develop their careers on bigger stages than Celtic can offer.

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