Filip Benkovic joins Celtic on season-long loan from Leicester City

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Celtic have completed the season-long loan signing of Filip Benkovic from Leicester City.

The 21-year-old defender was a £13 million acquisition for the Foxes earlier this summer, but the former Dinamo Zagreb centre back had been linked with the Scottish champions in the latter days of the transfer window, and a tempoarry deal looked likely.

Filip Benkovic has joined Celtic on a season-long loan deal. Picture: SNS Group

Filip Benkovic has joined Celtic on a season-long loan deal. Picture: SNS Group

Benkovic was at Celtic Park as a spectator as the Hoops defeated Suduva 3-0 on Thursday night, to complete a 4-1 aggregate win and passage to the Europa League group stages.

The Croatian defender, who knows Jozo Simunovic well from their time together at the Stadion Maksimir, told Celtic TV: “I’m very happy to be here.

“This all happened so fast but I’m delighted that it finished here as this is a very big club with a big history.

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“I was at the game on Thursday night and the crowd were unbelievable. They were amazing and 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.”

“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.”

The 6ft 4in defender made 88 appearances for Dinamo in all competitions, scoring six times. He has been capped by his country at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level.