Filip Benkovic’s farewell post certainly brought the love of supporters crashing down on him.
The big Croatian put a thank you message to Celtic on his Instagram yesterday. You could tell how much the cub meant to him and how thankful he was for the opportunity. But, at the same time, what it also did was pretty much confirm that he won’t be back at Parkhead for the upcoming season.
During his time in Glasgow, Benkovic managed to play on 27 occasions, notching two goals in the process. The big centre-back was a solid performer at the heart of the Hoops defence. Even though he left having barely featured in the closing stages of the season, the mark he left on the club was a positive one.
And supporters have been reacting on social media to his latest post, with many taking it as a farewell message. Here’s a look at some of the reaction on Twitter:
Gutted we’ll probably never see Benkovic at Celtic again, big man was class and passion was unreal from the off
— Liam (@liamboyle_88) July 10, 2019
That Benkovic instagram post is class, but sad at the same time.
Great player who got what our club was all about. Good luck to the big man in the future.
— Paul (@P__67) July 10, 2019
Filip benkovic is going to be the best defender in the world in 3 years
— reagan mcmaster (@reaganmcmaster1) July 11, 2019
Why can’t they aw be like big Benkovic. Big man knows what it’s all about. Class act
— Colin Hester (@colinhester_) July 10, 2019
Am going to miss Benkovic hunners
— nicole🍀 (@xnicolecrawford) July 10, 2019
I miss Benkovic so much already 😭
— Ian Gray (@IanxGray) July 10, 2019
sobbing at benkovic’s insta post 🙁
— Nave🧸 (@naomhflannery) July 10, 2019
Loved big Benkovic. Good luck to him🍀
— Mikey Doak (@michaeldoak1888) July 10, 2019
Benkovic’s farewell could be a positive
Not having a defender the quality of Benkovic back next season is unfortunate. For large spells, he walked it up here, and would’ve provided a terrific boost in quality to our back-line.
At the same time, however, he only would’ve done so for one year. Hopefully, the decision not to go back in for Benkovic leads to us bringing in another defender permanently this summer. It’s certainly something we could do with using for stability ahead of the 10-in-a-row run. The more work we get done now, the more we don’t need to tweak next summer.
Names haven’t really been mentioned as of yet. We’re still waiting to see who could be on our target list at centre-back. Considering right-back remains the overwhelmingly huge number one priority, we could still be waiting a while yet.
As for Benkovic, he’s got it all. One of the Celtic supporting Twitter posts above says that he could be the best defender in the world in three years. Sure that might be tongue in cheek, but he does have a point. Benkovic has similar attributes to what Virgil Van Dijk did when he left, and he’s also considered by many to be the best centre-back in football at the moment.
The Croatian can follow a similar path to big Virgil if he gets the chance under Brendan Rodgers. A move back to Celtic hasn’t seemed likely for some time, but Benkovic’s post all bur confirms it.
Hopefully, he gets his chance at the King Power Stadium this season, and we can move on to a more permanent solution to our centre-back issue.