Croatian centre-back Filip Benkovic joined Leicester in a £13m deal this summer, before almost immediately being shipped out on loan to Celtic.
However, after the 21-year-old scored in the Bhoys’ 5-0 win over league-leaders Hearts on Saturday, many Celtic fans were hoping he could be signed on a permanent deal.
Celtic closed the gap on Hearts to just one point with the win, which was effectively sealed before half-time as French striker Odsonne Edouard netted either side of a Benkovic header – his first goal for the club.
In the second-half James Forrest smashed in a fourth before Ryan Christie made it five from the penalty spot with just a minute of normal time remaining.
Considering the fee that Leicester paid for their Croatian centre-back, Celtic would surely have to break their transfer record, which currently stands at the £9m paid for Edouard in the summer.
Check out the best reactions to Benkovic’s performance, and the calls for him to sign permanently below.
Don’t know if we could afford his wages but I’d break our transfer record to buy big Benkovic
— 606AlfieConn (@606AlfieConn) 4 November 2018
Benkovic is loving it at Celtic, big man has been outstanding pic.twitter.com/WmbqX3g4H2
— Liam Daisley (@LiamDaisley1) November 4, 2018
Celtic need to do whatever they can to keep Benkovic the man is quality
— Falcarragh Csc (@falcarraghcsc) November 4, 2018
The big fella oozes class. He strolls through games. Would be the type of player we should be signing if we are to make progress in Europe.
— Hulio Doubleglasias (@pauliewalnuts62) 4 November 2018
Benkovic had another good game, he certainly enjoyed that goal. I hope he sticks around for a good while but the crazy money in England makes it hard to buy such players pic.twitter.com/YcS1THGx8R
— Lisbon Lion (@tirnaog09) November 4, 2018
Benkovic what a player
— Mark Pinkerton (@PinkyMark) 4 November 2018