Celtic's Filip Benkovic dreaming of Premier League career

Celtic's Croatian defender Filip Benkovic (R) and Celtic's Scottish forward Ryan Christie celebrate their 1-0 win in front of supporters after the UEFA Europa League group B football match...

Filip Benkovic has more or less admitted that Celtic fans won't be seeing him at Parkhead in the long term.

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

Filip Benkovic has suggested to The Scottish Sun that he is using Celtic as a stepping stone to prepare him for life in the Premier League.

Benkovic joined Celtic on a season-long loan shortly after completing a £13 million move [Sky Sports] to Leicester City in August.

The 21-year-old has been a revelation at Parkhead and many Hoops fans would love to see him stay in Glasgow beyond the end of his loan agreement this summer.

But is it going to happen? Probably not after the Croat conceded that although he's 'having fun' under Brendan Rodgers, he envisages a long-term career in the Premier League.

 

He told The Scottish Sun: "Later in my career, when I look back, I want to say I did well at Celtic. I want to know that I worked hard and was very humble during my time in Scotland.

"This will prepare me for the Premier League. Experience is so important for a player because it then makes it easier to deal with certain situations. It makes you smarter. But nothing can happen without hard work because I think the Premier League is the No.1 in the world.

"The last information I had from Leicester was that I am staying at Celtic until the end of the season. I'm having fun here and want more of it."

It's a frank admission by the Croat but one that Celtic fans will surely understand.

At 21, Benkovic has already demonstrated that he has a hugely promising career ahead of him and although most supporters would love him at Paradise for a few years, they must know it's a pipe dream.

Even if Leicester did make him available, why would they accept less than £13 million only a year after signing him, and would the Bhoys smash their transfer record on a centre-back?

Celtic's Croatian defender Filip Benkovic looks to pass the ball during the UEFA Europa League group B football match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow,...

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