JOSIP JURANOVIC is a birthday Bhoy today as he celebrates turning 27.

The Croatian international right-back has been in the news during this tranfer window with links to Chelsea, Manchester United and Spanish aces Atletico Madrid, unwanted speculation that brought a blast from John Hartson to the player’s agents, as CQN reported yesterday.

Juranovic has ignored the reports and got on with the job of helping to guide the champions on a steady path to success – something he has been doing since he first arrived 13 months ago following his bargain £2.5million switch from Legia Warsaw.

THAT’S MY BHOY…Joe Hart and Josip Juranovic embrace following the 3-1 win over Ross County in Dingwall.

The instant fans’ favourite, who is under contract to the Hoops until May 31 2026, has been excellent since the move from the Polish cracks and played his part in the Hoops’ tenth title triumph in 11 years while he played in both full-back positions during the 2-1 victory over Hibs in the Premier Sports League Cup six days before Christmas.

Juranovic kicked off the Hampden silverware showdown at right-back, but moved to the left to take over from the injured Greg Taylor while Anthony Ralston came on to occupy the No.2 position.

SMILES BETTER…Josip Juranovic shows his delight as he congratulates Moritz Jenz on his goal in the 5-0 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

The versatile back-four operator scored six goals in 41 games last term with a flawless record from the penalty spot.

Best wishes on your 27th birthday, Josip, from CQN readers and Hoops fans everywhere.

Here’s to the next four years in a Celtic shirt!

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