Celtic

By Will Butcher

Jozo Simunovic has picked retired defender Bobo Balde as the former Celtic player he would pick to play alongside.

Balde, 41, played for the Hoops for eight years between 2001 and 2009 before retiring in France five years ago with Arles-Avignon.

Simunovic replied to a fan during a Q&A session on Celtic’s official Twitter account, stating that he would choose to play with Balde over the likes of legend Henrik Larsson.

Former Dinamo Zagreb defender Simunovic revealed that he would prefer to play with the 52-time Guinea international, describing him as “a monster”.

Balde made a huge 233 league and cup appearances for the Hoops during his eight years on Parkhead, winning five Scottish Premiership titles as well as three Scottish Cup and two Scottish League Cups.

The ex-Hoops defender, who also had spells with Marseille, Toulouse and Valenciennes, was known for his aerial prowess and speed that warmed him to the hearts of the Celtic faithful.

His predecessor, Simunovic, has enjoyed a sublime season at the back for Celtic this season that has seen him help the Bhoys keep a huge 17 clean sheets during his 30 league and cup outings.

The Croatian defender is now set to start at the back once again for Brendan Rodgers’ side on Friday night, as the Hoops face a difficult test at second placed Aberdeen.

In other Celtic news, Rodgers has given his verdict on this £8million-rated striker.

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