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  • Filip Benkovic joins Celtic on a season-long loan

    Filip Benkovic joins Celtic on a season-long loan

    By: Mark Henderson on 31 Aug, 2018 23:32

  • FILIP Benkovic has today joined Celtic on a season-long loan from Leicester City. The highly-rated Croatian under-21 internationalist, who joined Leicester in the summer from Dinamo Zagreb, will link up with his fellow countryman, Jozo Simunovic, at Paradise.

    And the 21-year-old defender, who was at Celtic Park to watch the Hoops beat FK Suduva to book their place in the group stages of the UEFA  Europa League, is looking forward to the season ahead with the Scottish champions.

    “I’m very happy to be here,” he told Celtic TV in an exclusive interview. “This all happened so fast but I’m delighted that it finished here as this is a very big club with a big history.

    “I was at the game on Thursday night and I can only say that the crowd were unbelievable. They were amazing and lived with the players for the whole game and they were so passionate. I really liked what I saw and I can’t wait to play in front of them.

    “I will promise that I will do my best in every game and every training session. I know I can improve in my game as I want to reach as highest level as possible so I will give all my blood to this club. This is all can promise.”

    The new Bhoy will recognise one familiar face in the Celtic dressing-room, and he’s looking forward to meeting up with Jozo Simunovic again.   

    “I know Jozo,” said Benkovic. “He also played at Dinamo Zagreb and he’s a very good guy and player and I’m good friends with him.

    “We couldn’t speak as this all happened so quickly in one day but we’ll have time at training today to speak and he’ll tell more about the situation here.

    “This club have such a big history and Celtic are only interested in winning and collecting trophies. I am a player who only wants to win and improve every day. Our goal this season is to win every trophy and do well in Europe, which I think we can do.

    “I believe the team share these ambitions and with this crowd and this passion then I believe can do big things.”

    More from Celtic’s new signing, Filip Benkovic, to follow on the official Celtic website.

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