Celtic Tracking Simunovic Replacement With Benfica Bhoy

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Following Jozo Simunovic’s departure, Celtic could be ready to replace the Croatian with another countryman as the Scottish champions are set for negotiations with Benfica over Branimir Kalaica.

Big Simunovic was a good player but the defender struggled with niggling injuries that always seemed to let him down.

Celtic fans will always remember him for his wonderful tackle against Kenny Miller that sent the Rangers striker to Mars and also his goal that was dedicated to club legend Billy McNeill.

The media reports suggest that Lennon is keen on signing the Croatian U21 internationalist as replacement for the departed Simunovic, with Watford and Leeds also keeping tabs on the player.

Kalaica began his career at Dinamo Zagreb and left the club in 2016 as a free contract, signing for the Portuguese side. The 22-year-old has featured primarily for Benfica B in the second division.

With 96 appearances to his name, only one has been in the first division with Benfica, scoring once.

Celtic are eager to improve this area of the squad as Lennon’s Bhoys will be playing in four competitions and will need a decent sized squad for rotation without damaging quality.