Celtic fans are in a panic over the fitness of Filip Benkovic.
When Brendan Rodgers mentioned a knock at Tuesday’s media conference it didn’t seem too concerning, with Jozo Simunovic and Kris Ajer linking up for the double header versus St Johnstone. A double header against Valencia next month is an entirely different prospect.
The loss of Dedryck Boyata and Benkovic has been a summer time bomb that Celtic fans have dreaded. But if it becomes reality now, there could be pressure on what remains of the transfer window to bring in a ready-to-play replacement.
The story of a season ending injury was first reported by The Scottish Sun and needless to say, it has created quite the reaction amongst Celtic supporters.
— Scottish Sun Sport (@scotsunsport) January 29, 2019
Rightly so – the 21-year-old has been in excellent form during his season-long loan from Leicester City, making 26 appearances for the Scottish champions in all competitions.
Here’s a quick look at how Hoops fans reacted to the news on Twitter…
If Filip Benkovic is actually out for the rest of the season I wonder if that will refocus Celtic’s efforts in going big for a CB and then look to the loan market for that elusive RB. #SPFL
— Inside The SPFL (@AgentScotland) January 29, 2019
I’m hoping this is a sick joke. I will laugh and forgive if it is
— Kevin McLaughlin (@K7_CMU) January 29, 2019
Big few days in the window now so. Definitely need 1 strong CB in now. The right back fiasco will rumble on until the summer.
— Paul Ayton (@ayton_paul) January 29, 2019
Please tell me Benkovic isnt out for the rest of the season @CelticFC
— OAO Celtic (@oaoceltic) January 29, 2019
Rumours that Benkovic is out for the season. If true we will need a centre half this January..Or we could keep Hendry and not send him out on loan.
— 20 Minute Tims Pod (@20MinuteTims) January 29, 2019
Benkovic out for the season would sum up our luck with injuries.
— Kieran Caw (@Kieran_Celtic) January 29, 2019
Benkovic out for the season get a centre half in pronto plz
— Kieran Byrnes (@KByrnes95) January 29, 2019
Hope these Benkovic rumours are just that. Imagine a back line of Izzy Hendry Jozo Lustig against Valencia
— Chris McGowan (@mcgceltic) January 29, 2019