Celtic’s decision to head back into the market and seek defensive cover is a positive one for supporters.

There’s been no confirmation yet, but Filip Benkovic’s injury looks like being a long-term one. If he isn’t out for the rest of the season, then the best Celtic can hope for is that it’s an extended period of time.

The Croat picked up a leg injury during the win over Hamilton. Brendan Rodgers previewed the St Johnstone game on Tuesday and simply said that Benkovic had picked up a “knock”. But it looks like it could be a lot more severe than that.

Filip Benkovic could be out for the season (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Fortunately, Celtic appear to be back in the market for a defender. According to the Evening Times, the Hoops are on the lookout, but any decision will have to be done quickly ahead of the window shutting on Thursday night.

Fans will be hoping the rushed decision won’t come back to bite them. But it’s a lot better than the club turning around and telling the supporters they already have cover.

A big chance for Ajer and Simunovic

Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic will likely play in tonight’s match at home to St Johnstone. They’ve been the two centre-backs regularly seen on the bench this season, and look like the first reserves.

But it’s good to see that still hasn’t stopped Celtic from going out and looking for other options. Despite no names having yet been linked with the club, it’s clear that Rodgers and Celtic don’t want to risk losing quality without replacing it in this window.

Nir Bitton is back, but he isn’t good enough to be a regular defender (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

With Benkovic set to head back to Leicester at the end of the season, his time at Celtic could be up. Therefore, it’s important the Hoops try to move on if that’s the case, and that’s exactly what they’re doing by looking at new targets.

Many would’ve wanted a centre-back in this month regardless due to the Dedryck Boyata situation. The big Belgian is into the final few months of his contract, and his agent has ruled out a new deal at Parkhead.

But instead, it’s looking like Celtic will be in the market for a replacement for his defensive partner.

Whatever way you look at it, it’s a lot better than trying to pretend Nir Bitton is a centre-back.

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