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Since picking up an injury at Celtic in January 2019, Filip Benkovic has completed five full league games, all for Bristol City.  The Leicester City player has made cup appearances, been used as an occasional substitute and seen lots of reserve football; there was only a short-term injury to mitigate the lack of game time in the intervening period.  This week his loan period at Cardiff City was terminated after his first and last appearance came against Wycombe a week ago.

He arrived on loan at Celtic in the summer of 2018 and looked every inch the 21-year-old prodigy.  He is 9 months older than Kristoffer Ajer and at that point was clearly more accomplished than our current most valuable defensive asset.

Kris has kicked on significantly in the years since, at 22, he is without doubt the best central defender to play in Scotland since Virgil van Dijk.  Filip will have earned more money than Kris, but even money will be no consolation, as unless he stages an unlikely turnaround at Leicester, his expected career earnings will be less than Kris’s.

There is a morality tale here, although it will be impossible for anyone to learn from it.  Filip left Dinamo Zagreb for the kind on money only available in England, irresistible to club and player.  His subsequent lack of progress will inhibit no one from following.

Having watched him perform, you and I know more about the player than most, there is certainly potential, although clearly there is more to the picture than was evident from his season at Celtic.  We have to assume people in Bristol and Cardiff saw a less impressive picture; potential is not always fulfilled.  Would you take him?  Of course you would, don’t even try to deny it.

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  1. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    don’t think we shouldn’t be bringing in anyone until the management situation has been clarified,

     

     

    Neil until the end of the season (there’s your clarification!)

     

     

    do they not realise that if Neil embarks on signing a fresh batch of duds in January,

     

     

    and it all goes pear shaped,

     

     

    they will have a ginormous problem compared to the problem we have now,

     

     

    would take us years and years to recover,

     

     

    they cant be that stupid surely

  2. squire danaher on

    MADMITCH on 7TH JANUARY 2021 5:37 PM

     

     

    Only surprise is that anyone is surprised.

     

     

    Faff about till the 30th, quick call to Dudu Dahan and either There Ye Go or We tried our Best.

     

     

    Seen it, lived it, not buying the T-shirt again.

  3. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Bigbhoy – don’t despair.

     

     

    Keep posting.

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Keep The Faith

  4. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Or here is something to despair about.

     

     

    At 4:20pm GOV.UK reported 1162 deaths today.

     

     

    At various times over the last six months the BBC have dutifully reported how France, Spain and Italy have “overtaken” the UK in the “deaths table”.

     

     

    Strange how, despite the above, the UK is top of that European league.

     

     

    Orwell & chocolate rations.

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Keep The Faith

  5. What is the Stars on

    Fairhill Bhoy

     

    That’s right, there is no virus….or I never said there was no virus…which of those statements makes more sense

  6. GGH @ 6.02

     

     

    You would need to be a man of a certain vintage to get the connection …

     

    PL last year was our $5mill man if I remember correctly.

     

     

    I think the joke is on us.

  7. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    I honestly think all of us are only really interested in the one major signing, and its not a new centre half, stand to be corrected though…

  8. BIGBHOY on 7TH JANUARY 2021 5:01 PM

     

     

    Some of the posters on this thread ought to have a word with themselves. Quoting the Sun as an authorative source on Celtic. The MSM are no friends of our club and -shock- horror have been well known for spinning stories against our club and with the Record known for printing lies.

     

     

    I remember not so long ago when you would be embarrassed quoting the Sun and the Record.

     

     

    The anti Celtic narrative on here is shocking. Someone is quoting how Sevco should be an example to Celtic. After 9 titles and 12 in a row and after Rangers cheating to keep pace with us and going into Liquidation we are supposed to follow their example.

     

     

    I despair

     

     

    =======

     

    Keep patience and the faith

     

    The girners just know how to do that.no answers or way forward.you keep posting

     

     

    HH

  9. I have seen a few posts saying that we need a good PR man.

     

    I presume that that means someone who can get us positive news about Celtic being presented in the MSSM

     

    In Scotland? How does that work ??

  10. Hot,

     

     

    What position does this PR man play at.

     

     

    If he can score 30/ 40 goals a season, then get him signed.

     

     

    Hail hail

  11. And, from Irish dairy producer Ar La, the new best-selling tribute filtered milk product named after the legendary horror movie character, Chucky.

     

     

    Vary popular in Plains and Coatbridge – not so much in Airdrie and Clarkston.

     

     

    WeeBGFC

  12. Like a PR man in Scotland will make a difference.

     

     

    Like shouting into a hole in the ground, save money and spend it on a bonus.

     

     

    Hail hail

  13. “FAIRHILL BHOY on 7TH JANUARY 2021 7:29 PM

     

    HS-we hire level 5”

     

     

    That`s a good idea. They did a good job for Rangers and Sevco so are bound to do the same for us .

  14. ” PITYMEVIN on 7TH JANUARY 2021 7:31 PM

     

    Hot,

     

    What position does this PR man play at.”

     

     

    He sort of hides in plain view but influences supporters much more than they realise.

  15. Thinking about it we don’t need a PR man just a board with abset of balls. There’s enough opportunity to get the message out there it’s just we don’t.

  16. Dated though they are, I find the James Bond films quite enjoyable (in a nostalgic sense) so am off now to watch `Thunderball`( which happened to be the first of the 007 books I read ) .

     

    I think it was the third in the `series` after `Dr.No`and`From Russia with Love`.

     

    Cheerio for now.

  17. “GENE on 7TH JANUARY 2021 7:52 PM

     

    Thinking about it we don’t need a PR man just a board with abset of balls. There’s enough opportunity to get the message out there it’s just we don’t.”

     

     

    The problem remains. IF we got the message out, how favourably would it be presented in Scotland?

     

     

    “FAIRHILL BHOY on 7TH JANUARY 2021 7:54 PM

     

    Someone with Paul McBride’s ethos would do”

     

     

    Paul was excellent but , again, presentation in Scotland diluted any impact he could have made.

     

    Definitely offski now.

  18. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Hot Smoked …..

     

     

    “I think it (Thunderball) was the third in the `series` after `Dr.No`and`From Russia with Love`.”

     

    —–

     

     

    Don’t tell me you’ve forgotten ….

     

     

    GOLD-Fingah !!!

     

    (Shirley Bassey spelling).

     

     

    🙂

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Keep The Faith

  19. BANKIEBHOY1 on 7TH JANUARY 2021 7:41 PM

     

    Gene – who would report it?

     

     

    ——-

     

     

    We report it ourselves through every media avenue available. From experience that’s what tends to illicit a response from the MM.

  20. When you’re pushing for a title under intense pressure you don’t sign a lad who’s played 5 games in 2 years. Fair enough if you think you can turn his career around and punt him at a profit, all well and good. But he isn’t what we need right now. Make no mistake, this league is still on.

  21. WEE BGFC on 7TH JANUARY 2021 7:42 PM

     

    And, from Irish dairy producer Ar La, the new best-selling tribute filtered milk product named after the legendary horror movie character, Chucky.

     

     

    Vary popular in Plains and Coatbridge – not so much in Airdrie and Clarkston.

     

     

    WeeBGFC

     

     

    Heh you stoap skiving the studies and get back to yir uni stuff :-)

     

    Am no that far fae clarkston.few good tims fae there.tgat friesdprfer took the shilling and left for the countryside:-))

     

     

    HH

  22. squire danaher on

    DOWNFORSAM on 7TH JANUARY 2021 8:41 PM

     

     

    Off the top of my head

     

     

    He did well in Germany

     

     

    Landed gig at Huddersfield, got them up to Greatestleagueintheworld, needed snookers by Christmas and sacked.

     

     

    Landed gig at serial basket case Schalke04, dreadful start and sacked midseason last year. They narrowly stayed up but this season are tailed off at the bottom of the Bundesliga.

     

     

    So how much of Schalke tanking is on him is open to argument.

     

     

    Dunno where he is now.

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