COMMENT

Despite Jozo Simunovic making a brief return to the Celtic first-team as a second-half sub in the Scottish Cup Final win over Motherwell, there is little doubt that if a big enough offer came in for the 23-year-old the Hoops would sell.

The player claimed after the game, as reported by the Herald, that he wants so stay and regain his first-team place next season, but Brendan Rodgers might have other ideas.

If Jack Hendry hadn’t been cup tied there is a more than decent chance he would have got on instead of Simunovic, as he seems to have overtaken the Bosnian in the pecking order of the Hoops’ centre-halves.

Simunovic’s time with the Hoops hasn’t recovered since the 4-0 loss to Hearts in December, and the one time mainstay of the side made only 25 appearances in the season that has just ended.

With Kristoffer Ajer, Hendry and Dedryck Boyata in the squad, there is no real place for Simunovic in the side at the moment and if the Hoops are offered around £5million for the centre-back you would imagine that they would accept the money.

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It would be a disappointing way for his Hoops career to end, as at one stage he looked like he could be a squad mainstay for many years to come, but if the Hoops board can reinvest the money for Simunovic in other areas of the squad that is what they should do.

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