Is this Celtic’s new Benkovic?

With Neil Lennon moving on from his post with Celtic, new transfers will surely be at the bottom of the club’s agenda right now.

That being said, they cannot completely ignore planning for next season, especially after such a torrid campaign.

On the chalkboard

One of Celtic’s biggest issues this term has been in defence. Individual errors are following the backline around and their goalkeepers have made howlers on a regular basis.

Vasilis Barkas has been a waste of money at £4.5m while Scott Bain and Conor Hazard have also had their difficulties between the sticks.

With that in mind, adding new recruits to their defence should be their priority when it comes to the summer window. Factor in Shane Duffy’s woeful performances and the addition of a new centre-half is unlikely to go down well with the Irishman. After all, he’s set to return to Brighton in a few months anyway.

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So, what could the solution be? Well, the Hoops are thought to be targeting Bosnian defender Sanisa Sanicanin. He’s out of contract with Serbian outfit FK Vojvodina in the summer and could be signed on a free transfer if terms can be agreed.

The new Benkovic

Little is known about Sanicanin because of where he plays his football. However, he’s now a fully-fledged international with eight caps for Bosnia & Herzegovina to his name.

He’s put in some superb performances in the UEFA Nations League for his country, demonstrating similar qualities to those we saw from Filip Benkovic at Parkhead.

The young Croat starred under Brendan Rodgers, using his immense height of 6 foot 4 to bully opponents in the air. Despite that, he was remarkably graceful when in possession of the ball, playing out from the back on a regular basis.

Sanicanin has shown similar qualities in the Nations League, winning four aerial duels in one match against the Netherlands. That tally is one replicated by Benkovic regularly; he won 5.1 headers per match in the English Championship last season.

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Standing at 6 foot 3, they are similar heights, but the 25-year-old is also adept at carrying the ball forward from defence and picking out a teammate.

The centre-back registered a pass success rate of 82.1% in the Nations League which for context, comes close to Benkovic’s career average of 85.5%.

Of course, Sanicanin could yet turn out like Jozo Simunovic or Shane Duffy, but the Celtic recruitment team would be hoping for better results with this move if they do sign the defender.

AND in other news, Christie could be in trouble if Celtic hire 57 y/o coach “reminiscent to Craig Brown”…

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