'Criminal' - BBC pundit tears into Celtic first teamer reportedly worth £8m for display v Zenit
BBC Scotland pundit Tam McManus has torn into Jozo Simunovic for his role in Celtic’s 3-0 defeat to Zenit St Petersburg in Russia on Thursday night.
Simunovic, 23, was completely failed to fulfil his marking duties when Branislav Ivanovic put Zenit ahead from a corner in the opening phases of the Europa League last-32 clash.
The Bosnian centre-back has been in poor form for most of the season and failed to show that he can be a consistent part of Brendan Rodgers’ plans going forward with an inept outing in Russia.
Former Hibernian forward McManus was quick to hammer into Simunovic during the Hoops’ defeat to Roberto Mancini’s side.
“Criminal defending. Yet again Celtic can’t defend cross balls or set plays. Simunovic poor defending loses him too easy,” he said on his personal Twitter account on Thursday.
Criminal defending. Yet again Celtic can’t defend cross balls or set plays. Simunovic poor defending loses him too easy.
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) February 22, 2018
Simunovic has been widely linked with a move away from Parkhead.
The Mirror reported in the January transfer window that Premier League clubs Burnley and Crystal Palace were fighting to sign the 23-year-old centre-back, who is said to have been valued at £8million by Celtic.
The first teamer has made 25 appearances in all competitions for the Hoops this season and has only recently returned to Rodgers’ immediate plans due to an injury to Dedyrck Boyata.
He was axed in December after the 4-0 Scottish Premiership loss to Hearts and was replaced by teenager Kristoffer Ajer, who played alongside Simunovic against Zenit.
In other Celtic news, this 26-year-old Bhoys player has made a big claim about a potential exit from Parkhead in the summer.
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