Celtic should break the bank and ask the question on Benkovic

By David Walton

November 9, 2018

Filip Benkovic’s price isn’t set to be cheap, but Celtic could do a lot worse than ask the question of Leicester City.

The Foxes signed the Croatian for £13million. Down in England, as we all know, that’s nowhere near the money it is in Scotland. Leicester, however, seem to have big plans for Benkovic in their first team.

There can be no denying the young centre-back has had a massive influence on Celtic already. His commanding presence at the back has steadied what had been a leaky ship in the early stages of the season. He capped off his terrific start to life at Parkhead with a goal against Hearts on Saturday.

Filip Benkovic is proving to be a commanding figure (David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

In Benkovic’s seven Celtic appearances, the Hoops have managed six clean sheets. The only goals he’s allowed to creep through his defence were the two Hibernian goals at Parkhead. A tremendous Florian Kamberi strike was followed by a Mikael Lustig error. To sum up, Benkovic couldn’t have done anything to stop them.

He’s made the biggest impact of any of Celtic’s summer signings so far. His ability to take the ball under pressure shows more maturity than his 21-year-old mindset should have. He’s yet to make a single notable error, and is proving to be a tremendous acquisition.

A solid partnership

His partnership with Dedryck Boyata at the heart of Celtic’s back-line will be what storms them to the title. Despite the fact Celtic’s free-flowing football is blowing teams away right now, it’s the defence who are making a real impact.

Leicester currently play with Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire occupying their back-line. They also have Jonny Evans available as cover – leaving Benkovic some way down the Foxes pecking order.

Benkovic is unlikely to be a first-choice at Leicester (Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

It’s highly unlikely, however, that Leicester are willing to sell. But if Celtic did ask the question and were given hope, Benkovic would be an incredible signing. He’s far too good for the Premiership, and that alone would mean he would be worth signing.

How he performs in Europe will be a big question mark. He put in a confident display on opening day against Rosenborg, but how he performs in the next few matches will be key to Celtic’s success or demise in the groups.

For now, however, the Hoops could do with loosening the purse strings and readying another record bid.