Celtic shouldn’t risk starting centre-back Filip Benkovic against Aberdeen. It is too much of a gamble to start a player who hasn’t completed a 90 minutes for the Hoops since January.
He has missed a lot of games recently with an ankle injury, and now interim manager Neil Lennon has disclosed that the player has been dealing with a foot problem in the run-up to the Scottish Cup semi-final with Aberdeen.
“A foot injury”
“Filip is on the scan for a foot injury. He feels he should be okay, so it’s probably precautionary more than anything else” Lennon revealed to the Evening Times.
Whilst the player might ‘feel’ that he can play in the game, Lennon can’t afford to take that risk. Should Benkovic break down injured, that would be a big blow for the player and the club.
Cover is available
The cover is available at centre-back. Jozo Simunovic is more than capable of filling in at the back. He might not be as good as player as Benkovic. But that doesn’t mean that he can’t contribute against Aberdeen at Hampden Park.
If missing the Aberdeen game means that Benkovic is available for the weeks ahead, then so be it. The Hoops should be able to deal with Aberdeen’s with threat with Simunovic and Kristoffer Ajer.
This won’t be an easy decision for Neil Lennon to make. But the right thing to do is to keep Filip Benkovic on the sidelines.