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Celtic Fans Are Adding Millions To Defender's Transfer Fee After Brazil Performance

Celtic Fans Are Adding Millions To Defender's Transfer Fee After Brazil Performance
By Michael Bolton Updated
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A huge part of Croatia's solid defence in this tournament has been the top performances of Celtic right-back Josip Juranovic.

Juranovic was arguably the best player in the quarter-final, as Croatia put an impressive display to keep the likes of Neymar, Richarlison and Vinicus Jr quiet.

There was fears over possible fatigue in the Croatia team, who defeated Japan on Monday in a penalty-shoot-out after a tense two hours of football. Meanwhile Brazil made light work of South Korea in a 4-1 victory.

However, Juranovic was flying down the wing for Croatia, while also keeping the in-form Vinicus quiet.


Speaking at half-time, the BBC studio were full of praise for Juranovic, with Alex Scott admired by his ability to drive forward despite Brazil's talent going forward.

He's the best right back on this pitch at the moment, because he's not siting back worrying about the Brazilians and their overload down this side. He's like well actually, I'm going to drive forward and get into spaces when I can.

Look at his energy just to get forward. Sometimes it's just being an option for another pass. It's allowing his team to keep possession and get up the field. Being another option, and making Brazil worry about him."

While Jurgen Klinsmann was particularly impressed with Juranovic in his battle with Vinicius, who has been one of the players of the tournament so far.

This is what managers want to see, they want to see these battles. They want to see who drives who mad. In this case, he is basically telling Vinicius Jr, I'm in charge here I'm the boss. This is a whole mental process, I'm going to go down the wing, I don't care about you.

These one against one battles, you summaries them all over the field, you are going to win the game."

Celtic Future?

Celtic fans will have been particularly happy with the performance of Juranovic.  The defender likely to be bought for big money in January.

If previous tournaments are anything to go by, Juranovic is likely to go for huge money. Celtic fans are looking forward to the big money that is set to come into the club.

It's safe to say Celtic won't be short of offers after the World Cup. Where he ends up is another question, but clubs are likely to be keen for his services.

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