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LENNON’S VERDICT ON BENKOVIC

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NEIL LENNON has not ruled out a return for Filip Benkovic to Celtic within the next few days.

The Croatian defender spent an impressive season-long loan at Parkhead from Leicester City last term before being recalled by the Midlands club in the summer.

However, the classy 22-year-old centre-back, who played in the 1-0 Betfred League Cup Final win over Aberdeen as the champions kick-started the last leg of their historic treble-treble triumph, looks to be heading out of the King Power stadium before the transfer deadline on Friday.

Benkovic has struggled for game time at the Premier League outfit following his £13million arrival from Dinamo Zagreb in June 2018.

Brendan Rodgers, who took the player to Parkhead in the first place, told Leicestershire Live: “Over the next few days, if we can bring in a centre-half, then that will give him a chance to get out.

“He definitely needs the games and we’re hoping that will take place.”

Derby and Bristol City have expressed an interest in Benkovic, but Celtic could jump to the head of the queue.

Lennon, who watched the Hoops beat Ross County 3-0 with a double from Odsonne Edouard and a penalty-kick from Callum McGregor yesterday, admitted: “I only worked with Filip for a short time, but I know he had a good impact here last season.

“Hopefully, we’ll be looking to bring one or two in this week.”

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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