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Jozo finally feels like a Celt

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With his first winners medal collected Jozo Simunovic finally feels like he is a Celtic player.

It has been a long turbulent road over the last 15 months since his complex transfer was completed with various injuries, a failed transfer to Torino and a new manager to impress.

In Sunday alongside Erik Sviatchenko the Croatian defender looked perfectly at home as they racked up another clean sheet on their way to the first leg of the treble.

Behind the scenes there has been plenty of questions, doubt and turmoil but those days seem over with as the 22-year-old concentrates on building his career and medal collection.

I feel at home now, with the fans and everybody at Celtic,” he told The Sun. “They have supported me.

There is a lot of positive energy between the fans and the players, and that’s important.

It was an amazing feeling to win a trophy. It’s been a couple of years since I lifted a trophy, but it was back home.

I won trophies with Dinamo Zagreb but it feels special to do it with Celtic.”

Sunday’s win over Aberdeen was Simunovic’s ninth start of the season with Brendan Rodgers carefully nursing the defender back to full fitness.

After playing in midweek against Barcelona it was the first time this season that the defender has played two games in a week.

With a six day break between Hampden and Fir Park on Saturday he’ll have some etra rest before Celtic’s incredible nine games in 28 days December programme kicks off.

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