WHILE the immediate celebrations were cut abruptly short, Jozo Simunovic is hopeful signing a new deal at Celtic will open the door to more prosperity in the Champions League.

The defender put pen to paper on a contract on Monday that will keep him in Scotland until 2021 as he eyes further success to add to the two leagues titles, League Cup and Scottish Cup already tucked away. 

Just 24 hours after announcing that deal, though, he and his Celtic team-mates were given the runaround by a rampant PSG who sliced open their backline five times during a fraught night.

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But while life in the Euro zone is painful in the immediate aftermath of defeat, Simunovic is confident the Scottish champions can continue to make strides in the continent in the coming weeks, months and years.

“I am very happy about the extension,” said the 23-year-old. “It shows the club believe in me and I am very happy about that. I always go day by day although the contract is for four more years. I hope we will be champions for the next four years and also to continue to make progress in the Champions League.

“It would be really good if that [10-in-a-row] happens.”

Reflecting on the game itself, he said: “It was a very tough game for us, especially at the start because we didn’t play well. The second half we were better but the scoreline showed everything.

“We can learn a lot of things. We will analysis things with the coach and make sure we are at our best for the next game. We have to look forward and learn from this type of game. That is the most important thing.”