Celtic must now be worried about Leicester decision on Filip Benkovic

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park on September 20, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Celtic loanee Filip Benkovic could reportedly be recalled by Leicester City in January.

Filip Benkovic of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park on September 20, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

While James Forrest understandably took the plaudits following Celtic's stunning 6-0 win at the weekend, Filip Benkovic's display should have probably given Brendan Rodgers just as much satisfaction after a slow start for the centre-back following his summer move to Parkhead.

Benkovic was making just his fourth appearance for the Hoops, but was superb at McDiarmid Park and there should be real optimism that the Croatian could form a brilliant partnership with the currently-inspired Dedryck Boyata.

 

Celtic have come in for a lot of criticism this term, especially for their apparent defensive frailties, but they have still managed to keep eight clean sheets in their last 10 games in all competitions. Nevertheless, the display suggests that Rodgers now has the potential to put together a fantastic pairing at the heart of the defence.

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But Benkovic's excellent performance should leave Celtic feeling concerned heading into January, especially given the latest reports on one of the defender's Leicester City teammates.

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Celtic looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park on September 20, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

It was reported by the Daily Mail this week that the Foxes are planning to recall Harvey Barnes from his loan spell with West Brom in January following a stunning start to the Championship season.

Leicester's decision on Barnes obviously has no direct impact on their plans for Benkovic, but it must be noted that the Daily Record reported in September that the Premier League side also have the option to bring the £13 million Hoops loanee back to the King Power Stadium in the winter.

14th September 2018, Simple Digital Arena, Paisley, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, St Mirren versus Celtic;  Filip Benkovic of Celtic walks out onto the pitch before kickoff

And if Benkovic's performance against the Saints is a sign of things to come, then Leicester will undoubtedly have a decision to make, and if they are willing to recall one impressive loanee, then perhaps they will also be keen to bring Benkovic back into the fold prematurely.

After seemingly stumbling upon a brilliant partnership, it would be a blow for Celtic to lose Benkovic in January. Unfortunately, their own success over the coming months could lead to the setback in this situation.

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