Celtic manager Neil Lennon has refused to commit to or rule out a move for Leicester City defender Filip Benkovic this January, The Scotsman report.
As we discussed earlier today, Benkovic could be on the verge of another exit from the Foxes, with manager Brendan Rodgers hoping to loan him out if they sign another defender in the final week of the transfer window.
It’s been reported by The Leicester Mercury that Celtic joined the race to sign the Croatian defender alongside Derby County and Bristol City last week.
Inevitable then that reporters would ask the question of Lennon following yesterday’s win over Ross County.
He was entirely non-committal, to me suggesting that something might happen here in the last few days of the transfer window.
If there was no interest, surely he would shut down any prospect of it happening?
As quoted by The Scotsman, he said: “I don’t know is the answer. I only worked with Filip for a short term, but I know he had a good impact here last season, so hopefully we’ll be looking to bring one or two in this week.”
Is Benkovic needed?
The 22-year-old certainly showed a bit of potential on loan last season with Rodgers utilising him in big matches such as the Scottish League Cup Final, which Celtic won.
So he can certainly compete for honours in Scottish football, which is the minimum we expect from new signings.
With just Kristoffer Ajer, Christopher Jullien and Jozo Simunovic available at centre-back, coupled with Lennon’s preference for a three-man defence on occasion, we could certainly do with another defender of that calibre.
A short-term loan deal wouldn’t be ideal but in a difficult January market, bringing in Benkovic could be a difference-making transfer that significantly boosts our ability to compete on multiple fronts until May.