According to The Scottish Sun, Filip Benkovic is a “possibility” for Celtic in this January transfer window.
Neil Lennon’s side suffered a major injury blow when it was revealed that Christopher Jullien is set to miss the next four months of the Scottish Premiership season with the serious knee injury he picked up against Dundee United.
Now, The Scottish Sun claim that Celtic have drawn up a list of loan options with Parkhead sources claiming that Leicester defender Benkovic, who has of course played for the Hoops previously, being deemed a “possibility”.
The report adds that Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is keen for the 6 foot 4 centre-back to depart the King Power Stadium this month after his loan spell at Championship side Cardiff City was cut short.
It was no surprise that after Jullien was forced off against Dundee United, Lennon made no attempts to hide just how big of a blow losing the big Frenchman was, saying: “He’s a very important player. It’s a bad injury, we are going to lose him for a period of time, perhaps three or four months.”
It was a massive statement about how the Celtic boss rates Shane Duffy, that he was more confident in throwing Nir Bitton in the heart of defence in the Old Firm clash against Rangers last time out in the Scottish Premiership.
In Benkovic, the Hoops would be getting a known quantity, with the Croatia international having played 27 times for the club in his time at Parkhead.
And club legend John Hartson was left suitably impressed by the big defender following his early performances for the club after joining on loan, saying: “You have Filip Benkovic in there who looks every inch worth the £13m that Leicester paid for him this summer. I think he has shown already that he exudes composure and confidence at the back.”
Nick Hammond could go a long way to solving Lennon’s big crisis at the back by swooping for Benkovic.