The Croatian centre-back joined the Hoops last summer on a season-long loan deal from Leicester City and quickly established himself as a fan favourite in Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
Benkovic has produced a string of impressive displays this season, particularly in the Europa League, but it seems Celtic will be forced to find a replacement after the current campaign, with a permanent deal extremely unlikely.
Speaking via the Leicester Mercury, the 21-year-old explained: “Here, I’ve played a lot of high level games, which has helped me a lot.
“But I think I have plenty of room for progress. I need to work, to improve, to play in every part of the game, I just have to continue this kind of rhythm with strong work in training.
“It is important to respect the coaches and team-mates and be honest in training and with everyone around you.
“It’s a formula for growth, a recipe for further progress. I think I’m on the right track.
“I just have to believe in myself, and I definitely believe. I have never lacked self-confidence.
“I want to make another step at the end of the season. I want to show that I can play in the English Premier League.
“But I want to emphasise that I still have to make progress. I can still do a lot of work on my game to be an even more complete player, I just need to work.
“I cannot wait for new challenges, I want more challenges, I set very high goals. I’ll do absolutely everything to reach them.”
As things stand, Celtic will be forced to rebuild most of their defence in the post-season months, with Dedryck Boyata set to leave and Jeremy Toljan also on loan from Borussia Dortmund.
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