Why Celtic Should Step up Their Efforts To Sign This Croatian Star – Extremely Necessary For Rodgers – SoccerSouls

Why Celtic Should Step up Their Efforts To Sign This Croatian Star – Extremely Necessary For Rodgers

Filip Benkovic

Why Celtic Should Step up Their Efforts To Sign Dinamo Zagreb’s Filip Benkovic

Celtic were linked with Dinamo Zagreb defender Filip Benkovic in the summer but the deal did not go through. Now, they are reportedly interested once more and are stepping up their pursuit of Benkovic. The need for a central defender is quite apparent at the club. Nir Bitton’s fairly regular appearances at the heart of the their defence this term has highlighted their shortcomings in that area as Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko both continue to battle injuries.

The Israel international has done fairly well in the role, which is quite commendable, and since that is not his natural position, he has also looked vulnerable against some of the better sides. Celtic are currently on a good run of form but they need reinforcements if they are to continue that. Thus, it is no surprise that Rodgers is considering potential options in that area of the pitch, and Benkovic appears to be a primary target for the Scottish Premiership leaders.

Interestingly, Celtic have kept a keen eye on the 20-year-old during the last two transfer windows, but they failed to land him. With the January window coming up though, Brendan Rodgers will be increasingly determined to finally get his man.

As of now, Celtic are fielding a makeshift backline of Bitton and Dedryck Boyata but they cannot continue this way. So while a move for Benkovic seems necessary, there is also the possibility that it might push Bitton further below the pecking order.

A languid and stylish midfielder by trade, Bitton was already struggling for game time since Rodgers clearly does not lack for options in that area. Thus, he was forced to fill in at the back, which he has been doing to the best of his abilities. But, with Celtic aiming to enhance their defensive options with a new signing in January, one does wonder what might potentially happen to Bitton’s chances in that case.

The 25-year-old, who looked set to leave in the summer after falling down the pecking order last season, would have barely played for Celtic in 2017/18 season if he wasn’t needed at the back. In fact, one might even argue that it’s Bitton’s versatility that has saved his Celtic career until now. If Benkovic arrives in January, that could possibly see the end of Bitton’s time at the club.

Nevertheless, it is a move that is extremely necessary for Celtic and one that needs to be done pronto. Upon Benkovic’s potential arrival, it will also be time for Bitton to move on in search of greener pastures.


  1. Kim Jong un

    November 8, 2017 at 3:41 am

    I would like to see him come to Celtic and we could sell a couple of fringe players like bitton and Eric to help with the fee

  2. Malus Ultor

    November 8, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Biton can 7uck right off. Celtic should never have bought him.

  3. Frank Reid

    November 8, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Bitton may not yet be a centre half, but he’s an excellent sweeper, and has made a great improvement. He brings the ball out of defence with aplomb just needs to refine his defensive abilities and Kolo Toure is working on that with him. Dont think you have watched him in this role to be fair to you my friend. A perfect defender would be a welcome addition, if one suitable becomes available.

  4. watsamatabooboo

    November 8, 2017 at 4:29 am

    Thanks for your input, you fucking clown…..

  5. watsamatabooboo

    November 8, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Brendan has a clear vision of how he wants his teams to play, and a big part of that is building from the back…it is no coincidence that he is taking 2 tall, ball-playing midfielders, in Bitton & Ajer, and looking to use them at the back, as their natural instinct is to either play out or carry the ball forward, thus giving the team a platform to build from. ‘Fans’ who mock either player whilst they are trying to adjust to what is being asked of them in a new position need to take a long hard look at themselves, were you there through the huns 9-in-a-row?!

  6. watsamatabooboo

    November 8, 2017 at 4:39 am

    How much have you saw of him then, honestly?! Clearly not a great deal judging by that comment, read about him in the Record did you?!

  7. Malus Ultor

    November 8, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Pipe down you idiot. Rambling on here like a loon.

  8. Kim Jong un

    November 8, 2017 at 5:17 am

    What’s it got to do with you keyboard gangster

  9. watsamatabooboo

    November 8, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Aye, let’s be more like you and just slate the players eh, ya fucking zoomer, away and watch the huns, give you both what you deserve…

  10. watsamatabooboo

    November 9, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Google irony pal…

  11. Kim Jong un

    November 9, 2017 at 12:26 am

    I’m no your pal, you google bawbag

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