FILIP BENKOVIC has made the admission he SHOULDN’T have started at Ibrox after hurting his knee at Pittodrie.
The €14.5million man (As quoted on Transfermarkt.com) limped off in the first half of Celtic’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to the Govan side during the last game of 2018. The defender seemed to pull up on his own as he stretched to make sure he got control of a loose ball while being pressed.
The injury count was mounting before Ibrox and the decision to play on is one Filip now regrets and his manager does too.
It was a catalogue of issues which culminated in the defeat at Ibrox. An unfit Benkovic starting and having to be subbed, Kieran Tierney injured, Edouard not fit and Lustig having to come off at half time severely limiting Rodgers ability to change the game or his shape with substitutions. It’s crazy to think Celtic went to Ibrox without a recognised forward starting.
Had the defender to make the choice again, he would think twice about starting but as he told RecordSport, he was ‘Desperate’ to play.