JOZO SIMUNOVIC faces a lengthy period on the sidelines as it was confirmed he will undergo knee surgery.

The Croatian centre-half has been struggling and it was feared he would be out for a couple of weeks at least, as CQN reported.

Simunovic saw a specialist on Friday and has been booked in for a clean-up operation.

The defender hasn’t started for the Hoops since their 2-0 win over AIK Stockholm in the Europa League play-offs on August 22.

He was rested for the return leg against the Swedes, but has since missed games at Ibrox and Hamilton.

Nir Bitton teamed up with Christopher Jullien for the 2-0 win over Steven gerrard’s outfit while Kristoffer Ajer returned after injury to partner the £7million Frenchman in the 1-0 weekend win over Brian Rice’s team where James Forrest scored the early matchwinner.

Simunovic’s situation appears to have worsened and he will now have to undergo the knife.

Neil Lennon, speaking to Celtic TV, confirmed: “Jozo’s in for surgery. He’s going to have a clean-out in the knee, an arthroscopy.”

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