Glasgow Celtic look set to miss out on securing defender Filip Benkovic from Leicester City for a second spell.

The Bhoys took the centre-back on loan from the Foxes last term, when King Power Stadium boss Brendan Rodgers was in the hot seat of the Scottish domestic treble winners, and there was a hope that he could be lured back to Celtic Park.

That is unlikely to be the case now however, with the Leicester defender keen to prove that he can crack the Premier League, and become a regular in the first-team there.

With the future of Foxes star Harry Maguire up in the air, there could be a regular position going at the King Power, but if there isn’t, Rodgers is said to want the Croatian to head back to the Bhoys.

Benkovic has gone on record to suggest that the time he had at Celtic, and the experience he enjoyed, will live with him forever, but has stated his intention to break into the Leicester side.

“I believe in myself and I believe I can be in the Premier League.” The Sun quote him as saying.

“I’ve made progress in the last year, I had a lot of games at a high level – in Europe as well – but I think I still have a lot to add, to every part of my game.

“It would be great to work with Brendan Rodgers again because we had a very good connection at Celtic. He gave me a chance and I’m very grateful for that.

“I’m looking forward to next season.

“The plan is to go to prepare with the team and then we’ll see. I’ll go to Leicester and then we’ll speak, I’m quite relaxed.

“I’m 21, I’ve already won seven trophies and I was part of the treble-treble history at Celtic which was amazing.

“To be part of that is every player’s dream. I don’t want to stop, I want more and more, I want more trophies in the future.

“What I had at Celtic will stay with me for all of my life. I’m very grateful to the club and the fans. They supported me all season.

“When someone asks you what it’s like to play there you can’t describe it. You need to be there yourself.”

The 21-year-old featured 28 times for Celtic last term, scoring two goals in the process, as he forged a wonderful partnership with Dedryck Boyata in the heart of the Bhoys defence.

Injuries put paid to much of the second half of his spell at Celtic Park, which means the Glasgow giants did not see as much of him as they would have wanted, and with no return imminent they might have seen the last of him.


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