McLeish: Celtic copying West Ham after seven-figure Juranovic reveal
Alex McLeish has suggested Celtic may have copied West Ham’s transfer strategy after an impressive debut from Josip Juranovic.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 26-year-old could be another impressive signing from eastern Europe.
Juranovic was announced as a Celtic player last month (August 21st), after Football Insider revealed the Hoops had agreed a £2.6million fee with Legia Warsaw.
With Anthony Ralston the only recognised right-back at the club prior to his arrival, the Croatia international joined to bolster the Bhoys’ defensive options on that flank.
However, the Old Firm last week saw Juranovic take on a more unfamiliar left-back role.
McLeish insisted that the 26-year-old “didn’t look out of sorts” on the left side.
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“I thought he looked very good,” McLeish told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
“He adapted extremely well; he didn’t look out of sorts at all. It looks like a good piece of business by Celtic.
“If you look at West Ham’s recruitment from the Czech Republic, for example, there seems to be a new crop of talent available in these Eastern European countries.
“I’m by no means saying it’s bargain basement, but you are able to get players for a good price who are in the initial stages of their careers.
“It looks to be a good bit of recruitment by Celtic based on that showing.”
Croatian Juranovic has been capped 11 times for his country and was included in their Euro 2020 squad.
He started his career with NK Dubrava and Hadjuk Split in his homeland, before making the switch to Poland.
The right-back has notched five goals and registered 23 assists over 207 career games.