Report: Celtic suffer double blow as £5million star hit by setback

By Alex Stevens

Jozo Simunovic has been ruled out for the rest of the season in a major blow to Celtic, according to The Scottish Sun.

The £5million Croatian defender is said to have undergone a knee operation in London on Wednesday and is not expected to play a part in the Scottish champions’ title run-in.

This new setback is a major blow for Celtic manager Ronny Deila, who wanted Simunovic back for the final matches of the campaign as the Scottish champions target a league and cup double.

The 21-year-old hasn’t featured since January after it emerged he had been playing for six weeks with a broken bone in his knee.

Celtic hoped he would be back by early April and the Croatian started light running at Lennoxtown earlier this month.

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It is reported that Simunovic abandoned his comeback bid due to some discomfort and club medical staff decided he should go under the knife in a bid to get fit for next season.

This has ruled him out of Celtic’s last eight league games and the Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers.

Simunovic’s latest setback caps a disappointing debut season at Parkhead for the highly-rated Croatia Under-21 international

He was signed from Dinamo Zagreb for a fee rising to £5million but has made just 17 appearances in an injury-plagued campaign.