Filip Benkovic expects Celtic stay


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Celtic defender Filip Benkovic hopes to see out the season in Scotland rather than return to parent club Leicester City in January.

The Croatian joined the Foxes Dinamo Zagreb during the summer transfer window but was loaned out to Celtic for the 2018-19 campaign a few weeks after arriving in England.

Leicester have can recall the 21-year-old next month and it has been suggested the Premier league outfit may exercise that option after some strong displays north of the border.

However, Benkovic is keen to remain at Parkhead and he says Leicester boss Claude Puel is not looking to bring him back to the King Power Stadium in the New Year.

“I really hope I will stay here until the end of the season,” Benkovic told the Scottish Sun.

He added: “It’s not a decision for me but the Leicester coach has said I can stay here and that’s good for me.

“I think staying here for a year will make me improve as a player. Coming from the Croatian league to the English Premier League is a very big difference.

“I was only there for one month but I saw it was a big step up. I think this step, coming to Scotland, can make me better. “The least I can do is give 110 per cent for the coach, the team and the fans.”

Celtic face Dundee in the Premiership on Saturday and are 1.11 to win or 15.00 to win 4-1.

Benkovic has managed one goal in 17 appearances in all competitions for the Glasgow giants and is 6.50 to score at anytime against Dundee.

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