JOZO SIMUNOVIC is set to get his first start of the season in Wednesday night’s League Cup Quarter Final against Alloa Athletic at Celtic Park.
Celtic’s midweek opponents, famously labelled ‘Same Old Alloa’ by a Sevco spokesman, have already knocked out both Ross County and Inverness to reach the Quarter Finals. They also proved themselves to be a thorn in the Sevco side as a somewhat rocky journey was made through the divisions. Alloa Athletic came back from 2 goals down to score 3 late goals to knock the new Ibrox club out of the Petrofac Cup in December 2014.
Prior to this match the MSM told us that this was a prestigious tournament and it certainly ranks as one of the best night’s on Alloa’s history.
Celtic’s Assistant manager Chris Davies spoke to the press today ahead of Alloa’s visit to the East End of Glasgow and spoke about the boost the return of Simunovic to first team action has given to the squad.
“It was good to have Jozo back,” Davies said. “He came on yesterday and made a good appearance. He did excellent in terms of looking strong on the ball and his passing, so we’ll see what that means for Wednesday.
“He trains fantastically and has a great attitude and application. He’s a lovely guy as well. You can see that he has the personality and when he gets on the pitch he wants to defend and be aggressive and he can pass.
“He’s the type of defender that we want and hopefully now he can go from strength to strength and show his robustness, play games and have a good season.”
Celtic will be hoping that the Brendan Rodgers effect will see larger crowds that have recently attended cup ties at Celtic Park in recent years. Matches against Morton (twice) and Raith Rovers spring to mind where crowds were probably around the level that attended the stadium on that lovely evening back in May when the Irishman was introduced as the new Celtic manager.
Supporters have had to dig deep for Champions League packages so some will have to give the visit of Same Old Alloa a miss. However if you can make it, get along!