BENKOVIC SET TO STAY

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FILIP BENKOVIC is likely to remain at Celtic for the remainder of the season.

The on-loan Croatian international central defender will be allowed to stay at the champions, according to Leicester City boss Claude Puel.

Benkovic, who joined the Hoops in August after his £13million move from Dinamo Zagreb to the Midlands outfit, will see out the rest of his temporary contract, provided City do not get hit by injuries.

The Leicester gaffer said: “We have a lot of defenders at the club.

“Assuming we don’t get any injuries, it’s better Filip maintains his loan at Celtic.”

Benkovic was forced off with a hamstring injury during the first-half of Brendan Rodgers’ team’s 1-0 loss at Ibrox on Saturday.

The gifted back-four operator has become a mainstay in the Hoops’ central defence alongside Dedryck Boyata whose future is still uncertain.

The Belgian World Cup pivot is out of contract at the end of the season and Fulham, who had a £9million bid rejected in August, have been linked again with the former Manchester City prospect in this month’s transfer window.

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