Reflecting on Celtic’s deadline day of this summer’s transfer window, much talk will be about the departure of Moussa Dembele to Lyon.
The Frenchman’s exit comes as a huge blow to the SPL champions, though they were able to make a couple additions of their own including that of Filip Benkovic.
£9.9m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Benkovic arrives at Celtic Park on a season-long loan from Leicester City, and the Croatian has since spoken of his excitement about joining the Glasgow giants.
“I will promise that I will do my best in every game and every training session,” Benkovic told Celtic’s official club website.
“I know I can improve in my game as I want to reach a highest level as possible so I will give all my blood to this club. This is all can promise. I’m very happy to be here. This has happened so fast, but I’m delighted that it finished here as this is a very big club with a big history.”
Celtic were in need of a new central defender this summer, especially given all the uncertainty that has surrounded Dedryck Boyata’s future at the club.
Benkovic, who Celtic had previously scouted in the past when he was still a Dinamo Zagreb player (via the Scottish Sun), could prove to be a clever bit of business.
And, while tomorrow’s Old Firm derby against rivals Rangers may come too early for Benkovic, Celtic supporters can take relief in knowing that, in the end, their club were finally able to bring in a new centre-half.