Brendan Rodgers holds crunch talks with Celtic first teamer over errors
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers believes that centre-back Jozo Simunovic is capable of playing in one of the big leagues in Europe – if he cuts out the mistakes that have at times blighted his game.
The 23-year-old was dropped from the side after a 4-0 defeat against Hearts in December, and after winning his place back in the team due to injuries he was hammered by fans for a poor performance against Partick Thistle.
However, the Celtic first teamer was back to his best in the 1-0 Europa League win over Zenit, and Rodgers has now confirmed that he has held crunch talks with the Bosnian about his performances, saying that he is wanting to see more displays like that against the Russians from the defender.
“I’ve had a good chat with Jozo and reiterated to him that he will not achieve the levels I think he can get to if he’s not concentrated,” Rodgers said, as quoted in the Daily Record.
“It’s as simple as that. It doesn’t matter if it’s Partick, St Petersburg or St Johnstone – you have to be concentrated in your game.
“You saw him on Thursday night, he was brilliant. But that’s what you have to be here.”
Simunovic looks likely to maintain his place in first team side for the second leg against Zenit on Thursday, as Dedryck Boyata is still missing through injury.
He might not feature in the league match against St Johnstone on Sunday however, as the Hoops manager is expected to ring the changes in his side, with the second leg against Zenit in mind.
The likes of Jack Hendry, Scott Sinclair and the returning from injury Tom Rogic would all be good bets to start the game against the Perth side.
The Hoops will move 11 points ahead of second placed Aberdeen with a win over St Johnstone, following the Dons’ 2-0 loss to Hibernian on Saturday.
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