Report: former Celtic title winner may be available on loan in January

By John Reid

October 23, 2019

A report has claimed that a former Celtic title winner may be available to sign on loan in January. The Daily Telegraph is reporting that centre-back Filip Benkovic may be allowed to leave Leicester City on loan as he has yet to play a first-team match this season.

Benkovic, who Leicester paid £13 million for in 2018, was on loan at Celtic last season and helped the Hoops win their third successive domestic treble.

Since the player returned to Leicester in the summer, the Hoops moved to replace him by signing Christopher Jullien.

Should Hoops make move for player?


However, if he does become available in January, should Celtic make a move to bring him back to the club? That was what Neil Lennon and Nick Hammond may have to consider.

The Hoops do have a few centre-backs at the club. Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer are probably the first-choice pairing.

There is also Jozz Simunovic to come back from injury, and Nir Bitton has also played centre-back this season. Therefore, the need to bring Benkovic back to the club is not a pressing one.

At times, defender was excellent

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However, it has to be said that at times last season he was excellent for the Hoops. He performed very well at times with former Hoops centre-back Dedryck Boyata.

If any of the Hoops current centre-backs suffer an injury, then perhaps Benkovic is the man to come in and replace them.

At the moment though, signing another centre-back might not be top of Celtic’s agenda on January. The need to sign another striker is arguably more pressing. However, should the circumstances change, there is no harm in perhaps making a move for the player in January.