The injuries to Celtic’s first-choice centre-backs can help the Hoops in the Champions League.

The shock crocks will not feature in the Bhoys next game against St Johnstone.

It remains to be seen when both will return with Scottish Sun reports claiming Filip Benkovic will be out for the rest of the season.

If this is the case, replacements must be sought now in the current window.

Time is key for potential new Celtic recruits

Time is crucial in more ways than one when it comes to bringing in a defender or two.

There is only two days to go in the window, so the newbies will need to be found and rushed into signing.

Title race with Rugby Park club is heating up and Celtic need recruits. (Photo by Christian Cooksey/Getty Images)

They will need to be the right player and first team ready as the title race beckons as does the Europa League tie against Valencia.

Fortunately, time is also helpful as the new player will get the chance to bed into the club.

Critics this season claim Brendan Rodgers isn’t preparing for next season’s Champions League campaign.

The two injuries are blessing for those of that mindset as the club will be forced into sourcing a defender now.

Celtic are going to be without Filip Benkovic going into next season’s Champions League qualifiers. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The Hoops will lose Benkovic and Boyata to an end of loan and free agent respectively.

Their replacement if it is they are a summer buy won’t get long at Celtic before being flung into the deep end.

Celtic fans won’t be forgive for not recruiting

The extent of both injuries remain unknown at the moment and everyone hopes for good news.

However, this is the chance for the club right their wrongs by not bringing in a defender.

Dedryck Boyata is out of contract in the summer and may leave sooner in this window. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Hoops may only have Boyata and a host of understudies not fit enough for first-choice.

If a late bid for the Belgian comes in matching the club’s opinion then they will accept.

That will leave an unkown defence heading into a host of important games.

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