One of the most shocking aspects of Celtic’s Scottish Cup Final victory over Motherwell was the appearance of Jozo Simunovic, who replaced Kristoffer Ajer in the 76th minute of the game.
The teenager did not seem to be injured, and as it was a like for a like substitution it deprived Hoops fans of the opportunity of a farewell appearance for Patrick Roberts.
Perhaps it was a sign to the 23-year-old from Brendan Rodgers that despite dropping him from the side this season, he still has faith in the defender, which would be a major boost to his future at Parkhead.
Rodgers has already shown that he has some belief in the player, as after dropping him from the Hoops side in December following the 4-0 loss to Hearts, he returned to the side for the vital league clash v Rangers in March.
Unfortunately the game ended early for the Bosnian when he was sent-off for an elbow on Alfredo Morelos.
Despite this, he has still regularly featured in the Hoops’ matchday squads and the cup final was his 30th appearance of the season.
Perhaps with Dedryck Boyata still to commit himself to a new deal with the Hoops and Jack Hendry’s unconvincing start to life in Glasgow, Rodgers has decided that Simunovic will be a good squad player to have around next season.
That could change if a club makes a suitable bid for the player, but from this vantage point Simunovic still has a future with the Hoops.
In other Celtic news, Kieran Tierney has addressed his Hoops future