Brendan Rodgers confident of Jozo Simunovic stay


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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is adamant that centre-back Jozo Simunovic is set to stay at the club as he aims to make him a key part of his future plans.

Simunovic has made 10 appearances in the Scottish Premiership so far this season for the Hoops and his impressive form has reportedly caught the eye of Torino.

After an injury-ravaged season last year, Torino tried to tempt Celtic to sell the 22-year-old in the summer but Rodgers managed to keep hold of him.

He has since gone on to impress in his first season under the former Liverpool coach and reports suggest Torino are ready to return with an improved bid.

Torino chief Cairo confirmed earlier this week that manager Sinisa Mihajlovic will be given money to spend but Rodgers is confident he will keep hold of the Croatian star.

“He’s only a boy really at 22 years of age and developing very, very well,” said Rodgers.

“He’s got all the attributes and still has improvements to make of course, but if you’re a top club you would want someone like him.

“But he’s very much a part of what we’re building here.” Simunovic was in action on Tuesday night as Celtic won once again, this time securing a 1-0 win over Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership.

The victory moved Celtic 14 points clear at the top of the table and they have a game in hand over second-placed Rangers.

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