We all know by now the traditional post-match dance that Celtic do at away grounds come full-time when they emerge victorious.
It’s one of the trademarks of a successful away day for the Hoops. But, clearly, Filip Benkovic hasn’t quite gotten the routine yet.
The Croat made a timely return to action in yesterday’s 1-0 win at Dens Park. He was forced to come on in place of Kristoffer Ajer due to the latter picking up a knock. It hasn’t been revealed yet as to how severe that head injury was, but it didn’t look too bad during the game.
Benkovic, however, was assured in his return. He didn’t put a foot wrong, and helped Celtic clinch a late victory before celebrating post-match. As for his own celebration? An eagle-eyed Celtic fan noticed he was trying something a little different. Have a look at the video below.
that dancing from Benkovic but… pic.twitter.com/LODZRx8sbZ
— Zara Boyce (@Zaraboyce) March 17, 2019
Return couldn’t have been at a better time
Don’t you just love that? Benkovic has been a fine loan signing despite his injury problems, and it’s good to see him back at such a timely moment.
As well as Ajer’s injury, Dedryck Boyata didn’t even make the match-day squad against Dundee. Therefore, the Hoops desperately need some top options at the back, and Benkovic provides that.
It wouldn’t be ideal for the Ajer-Boyata partnership to be broken up, but it may have to be. If either is struggling for the Rangers game, the safest bet would be to keep them out of the squad.
Benkovic did show against Dundee that there didn’t appear to be any niggling effects of his previous ankle injury. It looks relatively safe to toss him in against Rangers in two weeks’ time if necessary.
Boyata and Ajer will still be away with their international squads, however. That suggests that there isn’t anything too serious with their respective issues. Both players can get assessed by their national team’s medical staff, and hopefully they’re managed accordingly ahead of a massive derby clash for Celtic.
But as for Benkovic, he marked his return to the Celtic team with a decent performance, and a fine post-match dance!