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Benkovic could rejoin Celtic in January

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Filip Benkovic looks set for a return to Celtic on loan as he has struggled for game time this season under his ex-Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers. He is yet to become a mainstay in Rodgers’ plans for the first team after signing for £13 million from Dinamo Zagreb in 2018.

The 22 year-old Croatian was loaned out to Celtic last season and made a huge impression under then Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers holding the Croatian defender in high regard.

However, since returning from being on loan, he hasn’t been able to recover his outstanding form from the previous season and has been unsuccessful at breaking into the Leicester starting XI.

Benkovic won numerous trophies during his season-long loan spell at Celtic, the first being a Betfred Cup win over Aberdeen.

Brendan Rodgers now looks set to send him back to the Scottish Premiership to his old team Celtic, in which Benkovic made a good first impression under Rodger’s reign at Celtic, with the ex-Celtic boss admitting that the Croatian defender ‘needs game time’.

Rodgers exclaimed: “He’s been good.

“He played away at Tottenham with the Under-23s, he’ll play in some more of their games.

“For Filip, it’s a very difficult position for him. He’s fighting every day to be fitter and stronger.

“We’ll see where he’s at in January, whether he needs games with more pressure, or whether he stays and is that support player should anything happen.”

A loan move away from the King Power Stadium may be what Benkovic needs if he is to return and break into Rodger’s plans for season’s ahead, as he is only 22, there is no doubt there is still time for the Croatian to become a stalwart in the heart of Leicesters defense and with the nurturing and tuition of Lennon and his team at Celtic, it seems a possibility than the young defender can recover his form and shine again on the field.

Source: The Scottish Sun

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