Filip Benkovic showing no sign of injury picked up against Rangers

By David Walton

January 10, 2019

Filip Benkovic’s injury was one of the main concerns heading into the winter break, but it looks like there’s nothing to worry about.

The Croatian stalwart pulled up at Ibrox on December 29th. In what was a real day to forget for Hoops fans, the centre-back went off clutching his hamstring.

Initially, fears would’ve been there regarding how long that could’ve ruled him out for. With the league so tight at the moment, it’s imperative that Celtic can continues to put their best team on the pitch.

And fortunately, looking at the latest images from Dubai, Benkovic has shrugged off any slight knock picked up.

Benkovic looks to be in an intense workout

The top-right image of this tweet shows Benkovic running at what looks to be some pace during a training session in Dubai. Certainly, it’s not the kind of thing you do if you’ve picked up a hamstring knock.

The centre-back doesn’t seem to be suffering from any pain, and looks ready to go ahead of the domestic action resuming next weekend. You have to imagine that Benkovic will be one of the first names on the teamsheet throughout the second half of the campaign.

Celtic are in the market for a centre-back in this current transfer window. A long-term injury to Benkovic, however, and they would’ve needed two. Therefore, this is a big boost for Brendan Rodgers, who can be at ease.

Filip Benkovic looked in bad shape at Ibrox, but seems in good nick now (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Dedryck Boyata’s future at the club, however, is still in doubt. Despite his appearance in Dubai and current state of training with the first-team, he doesn’t have any commitment to Celtic.

It would most certainly be in the club’s best interests to find the Belgian’s replacement this January. A new partnership for the second-half of the season would bring some honesty to the back-line.

So far, no names have yet been mentioned with regards to a defender, however. We can only hope that Celtic are working tirelessly behind the scenes on this.

For now, however, it’s a great boost to see Benkovic isn’t suffering any ill effects.