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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted that Filip Benkovic could return to Celtic this season.
He said (via Daily entry): “It certainly is a possibility. It’s a huge club and he did very well there. We have not had any contact but he has already returned and we will see what happens.
“Celtic would be a great move for him. He’s at the age where he really needs to play and that didn’t quite materialize in Cardiff.
“I would never blame another coach for not playing someone because circumstances can change all the time, but unfortunately it didn’t work out.
“It’s pretty simple actually, now it’s about finding a place where I can go next and get some playtime.”
The 23-year-old was on loan to the Scottish club in 2018, but his time there was plagued with injuries.
The Croatian will hope to prove his worth at Celtic if he returns to the club once again.
Benkovic was on loan at Cardiff City this season but has now returned to the Premier League club after failing to make his mark on the Championship.
It will be interesting to see if Celtic makes a move to sign Benkovic on a loan deal this month.
There is no doubt that Celtic need to improve defensively and he thinks each would be the ideal replacement for Chris Jullien, who has suffered a knee injury this season.
Celtic fans will certainly be excited by their former coach’s comments on Benkovic’s possible move in January and it remains to be seen if the two clubs can negotiate a transfer before the window closes.
Celtic desperately need reinforcements and a quality signing like Benkovic would certainly help them a lot in the title race.
Benkovic needs to play regularly at this stage in his career and it is unlikely that he will get that opportunity before Jonny Evans, Wesley Fofana and Caglar Soyuncu in Leicester.