By Harvey Byrne
Brendan Rodgers has hailed Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic and has revealed he was very “fortunate” to have kept the defender in the summer.
The Scottish Daily Mail reported that the 22-year-old centre-back was set for a switch to Italian side Torino on deadline-day, but a deal broke down shortly before the midnight transfer cut-off.
He has now made six appearances for Rodgers’ side and the Celtic boss has hailed the “top class talent” of the defender, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
BR on @SimunovicJozo: "He's a top class talent; a class act who is composed and calm. I was very fortunate to have kept him."
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) October 24, 2016
The young defender played the full 90 minutes in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Rangers and was pivotal to his side keeping a clean sheet.
He has now helped the defence keep four clean sheets in the six appearances which he has featured in.
The defender still has four years left on his contract at Celtic Park and could now become a key player for Rodgers’ side following the possible departure.
Celtic will face Ross County in the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday next.
They are currently sat at the top of the table with 22 points and four points clear of second placed Aberdeen with a game in hand.
They will be keen to add to their 47 league titles, while also competing in the League Cup final and Champions League group stage.