Celtic: Filip Benkovic must be retained to keep defensive solidity

Celtic: Filip Benkovic must be retained to keep defensive solidity

Now officially into the second Neil Lennon era, Celtic are surely set for major changes to, not only their system, but their squad as well.

With the season officially ended, all the loan players will be heading back to their parent club, but the magic of Parkhead may have tempted them to come back for more.

Indeed, the towering Filip Benkovic is one player who deserves to be recalled next season. The 21-year-old’s open (as per the Scottish Sun) to another move to Parkhead and, with their fairly shaky defensive line, Lennon could do well with the vibrant defender.

Benkovic – who hasn’t ruled out a return – had a decent season in the Scottish Premiership, helping the Hoops keep 13 clean-sheets from 19 league games. With Dedryck Boyata on his way out and little cover for Kristoffer Ajer or Jozo Simunovic, the 21-year-old’s a better option than bringing in someone entirely new.

A veteran of the green and white cause already, he knows where Celtic’s strengths lie, helping fit into their system perfectly. Frankly, he just gets it.

The towering centre-back’s size and confidence in defending help with keeping a tight rope around the opposition attack. Benkovic is extremely comfortable with Ajer and can easily be rotated with Simunovic. Now with a season’s experience under his belt, he can command over oppositions to protect Celtic’s defensive frailties.

To strengthen their backline, Celtic must try to get Benkovic back. The Hoops are certainly owed a favour (to say the least) from former boss Brendan Rodgers and should go for the 21-year-old as soon as they can.

Celtic fans, would you want Benkovic to be loaned in again next season? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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