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26th Feb, 2018 | 9:48pm

Celtic 23-yr-old must improve quickly as his likely replacement returns to full fitness

Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic, after a poor performance in the 3-0 defeat to Zenit, struggled once again in the 2-0 win over Aberdeen on Sunday.
He was bullied by the Dons striker Stevie May, and was guilty of misjudging a header which presented a great chance for the Dons to equalise but thankfully Dorus de Vries saved Kenny McLean’s shot on goal.
The 23-year-old once more found himself outperformed by his inexperienced centre-back partner Kristoffer Ajer, and unless his performances improve he could find himself dropped from the first-team again.
With Brendan Rodgers revealing, as reported by Sky Sports, that Marvin Compper is in the Hoops’ first-team squad to face Dundee on Wednesday night, Simunovic should use that as a signal to improve his performances.
He now has not only Jack Hendry but Compper waiting to take his place if his performances do not improve, and as Rodgers has already shown this season, he won’t hesitate to drop Simunovic if his performances don’t improve.
The Bosnian was dropped after a dreadful performance in the 4-0 loss to Hearts in December, and only returned to the side on a regular basis following an injury suffered by Dedryck Boyata.
The rest of this season could define Simunovic’s future at Celtic Park, if his performances improve he may still be at the club next season, if they don’t his days look numbered and a departure seems inevitable.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers is pleased that Scott Brown has once again retired from international football
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