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19th Dec, 2017 | 11:19am

Celtic mainstay must be offloaded, Hearts nightmare latest in long line of horror shows

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In the aftermath of Celtic’s nightmare 4-0 defeat to Hearts which saw the club’s unbeaten domestic record end at 69 games, one of the most notable aspects would be the criticism levelled at Jozo Simunovic.

The 23-year-old first-team mainstay had an appalling game, arguably being at fault for two of Hearts’ goals.

The performance was the latest in a series of horrow shows by the player, he was similarly bad against both Hamilton and Hibs.

It’s a far cry from the performance the player turned in when Celtic won 3-0 against Anderlecht in September.

The player obviously has talent, and hopefully these performances are just a blip, but perhaps the player could do with a spell on the bench at the moment, then be offloaded at the end of the season.

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There will most likely be clubs interested in the player as when he’s at his best he’s a very tough player to play against.

Despite Simunovic signing a new contract at Celtic earlier this season, there has always been a feeling that the player hasn’t always been committed to the Bhoys – indeed he almost left to join Torino at the end of the August 2016 transfer window.

His chronic injury problems haven’t helped the situation, but there is a good player there in Simunovic – it just might not be seen in Glasgow.

With Brendan Rodgers set to bring new central-defenders in in January, perhaps the end of the season is the right time for Simunovic and Celtic to part ways.

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