Filip Benkovic’s Celtic future continues to look troubling, but the centre-back has insisted no decision has yet been made.
Benkovic spent the season on loan at Parkhead last term. The Leicester man was taken in by Brendan Rodgers at Parkhead, and went on to make 27 appearances for the Hoops. He became a fan-favourite, but still often found himself out of the side at the expense of the Dedryck Boyata/Kristoffer Ajer partnership.
But today, he confirmed in the Scottish Sun that a decision over his future has yet to be made. He did, however, state that he believes he’s ready for a stab at the Premier League.
“I believe in myself and I believe I can be in the Premier League. I’ve made progress in the last year, I had a lot of games at a high level – in Europe as well – but I think I still have a lot to add, to every part of my game.
“It would be great to work with Brendan Rodgers again because we had a very good connection at Celtic. He gave me a chance and I’m very grateful for that.
“I’m looking forward to next season. The plan is to go to prepare with the team and then we’ll see. I’ll go to Leicester and then we’ll speak, I’m quite relaxed. What I had at Celtic will stay with me for all of my life.”
Benkovic’s Celtic future looks highly-doubtful
Benkovic isn’t quite so committal over coming to Parkhead now as he seemed a few months back. It remains to be seen if he’s Premier League-ready, but he certainly impressed many up here.
The Benkovic words also come just two days after Celtic thanked him in a list of departing players and wished them well for the future. It certainly sounded like a goodbye if you read between the lines.
There’s also the fact that, if we wanted Benkovic, we could easily have had him back by now. His campaign with the Croatia under-21s ended over two weeks ago. Since then, he’s returned to pre-season training and is likely to go with Leicester on their training camp to France.
Meanwhile, we can’t sit back and wait on Rodgers and Benkovic to make a decision on his future. We need to get someone else in as soon as possible to help bolster numbers.
If Benkovic does head out on loan, it could also be to a Premier League rival too. It could be the next step for him if Leicester want to see how he would fare in England’s premier competition.
In any case, we look close to putting another red cross through this one. Benkovic is a real prospect, but moves to bring him back to Parkhead don’t exactly seem imminent.