"I wasn't given a fair chance"; 2017 Celtic signing gives his side of the story

By John McGinley

December 28, 2021

Brendan Rodgers Celtic signing Kundai Benyu has discussed his difficult spell at the club and provided his side of the story on a transfer move that simply failed to work out.

Benyu signed a four-year deal with the club in the summer of 2017 but would go on to make just two starts for the club, with two more appearances off the bench.

He played his last game for Celtic in August of that year, before spending time out on loan at Oldham Athletic and Helsingborgs in Sweden.

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It was in Sweden he worked under Henrik Larsson, who once described the attacker as “superb” and told reporters he was showing exactly why he was a Celtic player despite fitness issues. [Scottish Sun]

However, Benyu eventually left the Bhoys permanently in 2020.

Speaking to Football Scotland today, the 24-year-old said of his Celtic spell: “I wasn’t angry at all but I was really frustrated because I wasn’t given a fair chance.

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“I believe in my ability and I was better than some people but it didn’t matter what I did in training, certain players would still get the nod ahead of me. If I said something, people would say I had a bad attitude, but I just wanted to play and show what I could do.

“I have no regrets but a lot was promised that wasn’t delivered. For a young player, the stadium and Champions League potential was so appealing and I did everything and beyond, it just didn’t work out.”

Benyu is currently playing in Iceland, so it’s not like his career has taken off since leaving Celtic. He may feel a slight grievance but the smart money would be on him simply not being good enough to break into the Bhoys first-team.

During a period of unprecedented success, I’m not sure we can blame Rodgers too much that things did not develop for the attacking midfielder.

In other news, Scottish football takes another bizarre twist as SFA set to investigate SPFL for rule breaches.

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