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HOOPS KID HEADS FOR SWEDEN

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CELTIC midfielder Kundai Benyu has joined Swedish side Helsingborgs on a year-long loan deal.

The 21-year-old London-born midfielder who joined from Ipswich in 2017, has not played a first team game this season.

Benyu has two international caps for Zimbabwe and had a spell on loan with Oldham last season, where he made four appearances.

The youngster, speaking to Sky Sports, said: “I have a very good feeling. It feels like a good opportunity for me to continuously play A-team football at a high level.

“My team-mate in Celtic, Mikael Lustig, told me that Helsingborg is a big club and that this was a good opportunity for me so I wanted to come here from the moment I heard about the interest.

“I have heard that the club has good supporters, so I look forward to impressing them and showing what I can.”

Brendan Rodgers brought Benyu to Parkhead just before former Portman Road gaffer Mick McCarthy could offer the player a new contract.

The initial idea was to loan the player out to get regular top-flight football elsewhere, but the midfield enforcer impressed the Irishman in pre-season games.

Benyu made his debut in a 2-0 victory over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in the Premiership on August 19 2017 where was substituted by Mikael Lustig in the second-half.

 
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