Jozo Simunovic is planning to use the Champions League to erase the memory of his failed transfer to Torino.
The defender spent the final day of the summer transfer window in the Italian city undergoing a medical and talking terms over a proposed £4m move to Serie A.
Shock at the deal going through changed to puzzlement as the transfer broke down with various versions of what happened, and what didn’t happen, emerging.
Simunovic was welcomed back to Celtic and is now feeling his way into the team after what seemed like a lost year since his move from Croatia.
Whatever happened in Turin looks like remaining a mystery with the fit again defender keen to put the Italian experience out of his mind.
“Torino is finished, that story is over for me,” he stated after Celtic’s 2-0 win over Motherwell. “I am only focused on Celtic.
“It’s been a tough year for me. It was a tough period in my career but I used the time carefully. I focused on my fitness and my head. Now I am ready. It would mean a lot to play in the Champions League for this club because I didn’t get the chance to do it last season.
“I also never had the chance to play in this tournament with Dinamo Zagreb, my last club but now Celtic is in the Champions League and it would mean a lot, especially with the teams we have in this group.”
Simunovic’s return to match fitness presents Brendan Rodgers with a major selection for the clash with Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday.
Kolo Toure and Erik Simunovic have been paired together against Barcelona and Manchester City but the availability of Simunovic presents the Celtic boss with an additional option for facing the Germans.
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