Celtic defender Filip Benkovic has told the Scottish Sun he isn’t far from returning from injury.

The crocked star hasn’t played until the end of January with Kristoffer Ajer filling in.

The Norwegian has shown his improving talents but Benkovic’s talent is well known.

It will be a head-scratcher for Neil Lennon when the Croatian is back fit.

Will Ajer’s permanence help his case?

One reason the Irishman may continue with the younger Norwegian is that he will be at Parkhead next season.

Filip Benkovic wants Premier League run when his Celtic loan ends. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Benkovic is only in on loan and has his eyes set on Premier League appearance when he returns.

His case will be furthered by Brendan Rodgers taking the reins at the Foxes a few weeks ago.

However, Benkovic is currently the best defender at the club and will be more use in tougher games against Rangers and Aberdeen.

Despite his age, Ajer is a seasoned centre-back but he still has a lot to learn.

 

He was originally loaned out in an impressive spell at Kilmarnock before becoming more prominent with the Hoops.

Celtic fans are realising Kristoffer Ajer’s qualities. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The fans will be calmer once Benkovic leaves the club as Ajer is becoming an ample replacement.

Ajer breakthrough next season

Another reason Ajer may stay in his starting spot is the future of his current defensive partner.

Dedryck Boyata is another player who is set to leave the club as his contract ends this summer.

Dedryck Boyata is another player going away at the end of the season. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It will be more than likely be Ajer in that first spot come the Champions League qualifiers next season.

Whoever his partner will be is anyone’s guess as the recruitment team have a huge job on their hands.

It doesn’t also help that a potential new manager will also need to be sourced in that time too.

The Norwegian must reassure himself that even if he has more time on the bench when Benkovic is back, he will be in the long term plans at the club.

Hopefully the manager realises and reassures the defender he has the potential to be a future captain.

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