Filip Benkovic
Soccer Football - Europa League - Celtic Press Conference - Lennoxtown Training Centre, Glasgow, Britain - December 12, 2018 Celtic's Filip Benkovic during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

Filip Benković has been linked with several moves back to Glasgow since his loan spell at the club four seasons ago, but he is currently applying his trade in Germany.

The Croatian international was brought to the club to boost the Hoops defence as he formed partnerships with Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic at the young age of 21-years-old.

Filip Benkovic celtic
Soccer Football – Scottish League Cup Final – Aberdeen v Celtic – Hampden Park, Glasgow, Britain – December 2, 2018 Celtic’s Filip Benkovic celebrates winning the final with the trophy REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Boyata had caused issues that summer as he refused to play for the club, with it looking likely that he would depart, but he ended up staying until the following summer.

During his season at the club, Benković made 30 appearances for the Scottish champions and would go on to be part of the team which made history by winning a treble treble.

Celtic Treble fllip benkoivc and co
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He looked like he had become a key part of the side, with many hoping that he would be permanently signed during the summer. Still, Neil Lennon opted for Christopher Jullien for £7 million as Benković returned to Leicester City.

Since then, the 25-year-old has experienced a number of different loan deals in English football, having played for Bristol City, Cardiff City, and Belgian side OH Leuven.

Benković eventually found a new home in Italy with Udinese after being released by Rodgers at the beginning of 2022 but only made two Serie A appearances for the club before being loaned to Bundesliga 2 side Eintracht Braunschweig.

So far this season, he has 11 appearances for the German side but isn’t making too much of an impression. Could Filip have been more at Celtic, or was his short spell with the club just about right?

 

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