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Brendan Rodgers and Filip Benkovic Both Confirm Defender Could Be at Celtic Next Season

Brendan Rodgers and Filip Benkovic Both Confirm Defender Could Be at Celtic Next Season

Filip Benkovic and Brendan Rodgers have both confirmed that the Croatian centre-back could return to Celtic for a second loan stint next season.

The composed defender cemented himself as a fan favourite at Parkhead when he arrived on-loan from Leicester City at the start of the season but has struggled with injuries throughout the second-half of the campaign.

He was on the bench during yesterday’s 2-0 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox but both he, and Foxes boss Rodgers, have confirmed he could be back in Glasgow for the 2019/20 season.

Speaking via the Sun over the weekend, Rodgers was quoted as saying: “Filip’s situation is one I’ll certainly look at. But there’s no doubt that if I want him to go out on loan again, I’d want him to go to Celtic.”

And following those comments, speaking in an interview in Croatian publication Sportske Novosti, Benkovic added: “I read the comments from Brendan Rodgers. At the moment I really do not know what will happen when my loan expires.

“I’ve spoken to the sports director at Leicester and he’s told me everyone at the club will soon sit down and decide what is best for me.

“When Brendan Rodgers left Celtic, he sent me a lot of nice words and told me he was very pleased with my performances.

“Whatever he decides, I will go along with.

“I have been really pleased with my season at Celtic. Of course, you can always do better, but I have played a lot of games at a very high level.

“Everyone at Celtic has told me they are happy with me.

“I have spoken to Neil Lennon. He told me that he would like me to stay at Celtic for another season.

“I must admit, when I first signed for Celtic, I didn’t expect it to be as good as it has been.

“During my time at Celtic, I have gained great experience. The Scottish Premiership is extremely intense and it was great playing in Europe. It’s helped me a lot.

“I believe this year has helped me prepare for the English Premier League.”

At the moment, Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic have been paired together as a the regular central defensive partnership under interim Hoops boss Neil Lennon, but would re-signing Benkovic be a clever move all round?

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