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Should Celtic bring Filip Benkovic back to Parkhead?

Filip Benkovic of Celtic celebrates with the team as they win the league during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Heart of Midlothian FC at Celtic Park on May...

Celtic will be without Jozo Simunovic until January, but Neil Lennon needs more centre-backs.

Filip Benkovic of Celtic celebrates with the team as they win the league during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Heart of Midlothian FC at Celtic Park on May...

Celtic have been rocked by the news that Jozo Simunovic is going to be absent for potentially four months.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon confirmed the news in his press conference on Friday and it's not ideal for the Northern Irishman.

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Lennon now only has Christopher Jullien and Kristoffer Ajer to do until then, though the likes of Nir Bitton - who is also injured at the moment - can play in central defence.

Still, unless the Celtic boss plans on bringing Jack Hendry back into the mix, he would be wise to sign another centre-back in January and how fans of the Parkhead club would love Filip Benkovic back.

 

The 22-year-old helped the Bhoys to a third successive domestic treble last season but hasn't kicked a ball under Brendan Rodgers since returning to parent club Leicester City.

The Croatian defender, a £13 million signing by the Foxes in August of 2018 [Sky Sports], is totally out of the picture down South and surely he'd fancy another loan in Glasgow if Lennon came calling.

It's no secret that Benkovic was looking forward to testing himself in the Premier League, but Rodgers has clearly decided that he isn't ready and another educational stint with Celtic could be ideal.

Spending the whole season playing for City's Under-23s isn't going to do much for his development, but six months under Lennon most certainly will. Even if Simunovic is fit by January, Benkovic wouldn't go amiss.

Ajer, as he proved again today, can be a touch erratic and it's Jullien's first season in Scotland.

The more options Lennon has, the better.

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...

 

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