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  • Benyu loving life in Paradise

    Benyu loving life in Paradise

    By: Mark Henderson on 16 Jul, 2017 08:00

  • NEW Bhoy Kundai Benyu is delighted that Brendan Rodgers has decided not to loan him out in the first half of the season.

    Initially, the Hoops boss had planned for the talented teenager to depart on a temporary move in the opening six months of the campaign to allow him to garner competitive game-time.  

    But the Irishman has been impressed at how the young midfielder has acquitted himself in Paradise since he joined from Ipswich Town at the end of June, most recently in Saturday’s friendly defeat to Olympique Lyonnais.

    And now Benyu will continue to hone his game at Lennoxtown over the coming months, which will give him a further opportunity to stake a top-team claim for the Bhoys.   

    Speaking after making his senior bow for the Celts in Paradise against Lyon, he said: “I knew I would be involved but I didn’t expect to start really. I was happy to start and play 70 minutes, which was good for my fitness.

    “I wasn’t sure if I was going to go on loan but I came in here and worked as hard as I can so I’m happy to stay and fight for my place.

    “I would much rather be settled here in Glasgow with the boys, playing week-in, week-out in the league, so I’m happy to do that.

    “Given time and by working as hard as I can in training, and by listening to the gaffer’s advice, I think I will be able to get into the team as much as I can.

    “I think I’m ready to step in now if the gaffer calls on me but the main objective is to keep working hard in training every day.

    “I love everything here. The atmosphere (against Lyon), even though it wasn’t full, was great and the fans and players have all been welcoming, while there are great facilities at the club.

    He added: "There were other (English) Premier League, Championship and League One clubs interested but when I heard Celtic were interested, I said yeah. It’s a very big step but this is what I want to try and do in my career." 

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