Today the blogs and forums and mainstream sites are awash with an old nonsense; that Juranovic’s exit is imminent. This is a guy who has been at Celtic Park just over a year. This is a guy who has said repeatedly that he’s happy at the club.
“Contract negotiations have broken down!” screams the mainstream press. Says who? That Celtic opened those talks in the first place is a sure sign that we had indications that the player was interested in them. Signing him up on a new deal is not an immediate priority. He has a long time left on his current contract. Still, we readied the talks.
The club has no interest in letting this player go. The player will not rock the boat to get a move. That this story still has legs, although the basis of it – that Celtic “expected” him to leave in the summer; entirely untrue as has been proven – has been completely destroyed.
I love the amateur body language experts who reckon he’s chucked it. Where are they seeing this? Where is it coming from except from the same ignorant hacks and the same discredited papers, spouting the same puerile nonsense?
Only a handful of people know the truth of this, and they are in Celtic Park. Not a single one of the jokers who masquerade through life with press credentials writing about Scottish football has the first clue what’s really happening inside our club; that has been proved over and over again. And they cannot stand being out in the cold.
The stories about Juranovic might have something in them for all that. But the stories about him being linked with other clubs and wanting a move are so constant now that it seems to me that all we might be getting is an echo of tall tales passed.
Juranovic is a decent footballer. The World Cup will give him an even bigger stage on which to prove it. But with all respect to him, he does not look like the sort of player who would attract an Atletico Madrid. That story was rancid nonsense, and it is ridiculous to see some of the people who are lending it credence. There was not an iota of truth in it.
I wonder if this isn’t just more of the same. I’ll tell you this much; this is a lot of hot air for something the club itself will be very relaxed about one way or the other. This is what happens when you have players who other clubs like. Whether it’s Atletico Madrid or someone else, there will be bids for this guy and other players … and Ange stands ready to spend the money regardless.
I have long since ceased worrying about this stuff. What will be will be, as long as the manager supports it and as long as the board continues supporting him.
On this one, though, I’m calling bollocks. There’s been so much about this player already that I have no difficulty in believing that this is more speculative nonsense.