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Celtic: Neil Lennon simply must demand Benkovic return this summer

Celtic: Neil Lennon simply must demand Benkovic return this summer

Celtic fans know full well that they’re going to need to recruit a new central defender this summer. Dedryck Boyata is leaving for Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga, and the Bhoys could be set to lose Filip Benkovic, although Neil Lennon needs to do everything in his power to re-loan the big Croatian stopper from Leicester City.

According to The Scottish Sun, the player himself hasn’t ruled out of another loan move north of the border. The Foxes new manager Brendan Rodgers has already speculated that he may allow the young centre-half to leave the King Power Stadium again for yet another temporary switch to Celtic Park. Alongside Jozo Simunovic, Benkovic could be class next season and Lennon will know that.

To be honest, the Hoops will be keen to bring in a new defender to plug the hole being left by Boyata for squad rotation purposes, although the first choice pairing for the club next season at Parkhead should be Benkovic and Simunovic and the Bhoys should make it happen. It will be up to Peter Lawwell to make that happen, and Neil Lennon will certainly be putting pressure on him to complete yet another loan.

The £9.9 million-rated centre-back, as per Transfermarkt, has been one of the best in Scotland this season and should he return to the club then the ball will almost certainly be the Parkhead faithful’s court as they aim for what would truly be one of the greatest achievements in football, a quadruple-treble. That’s a long way away, though, and just getting the Benkovic deal sorted first is what needs to be done.

Would you be want to resign Benkovic next season, Celtic fans? Let us know!

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