Published On: Fri, Apr 5th, 2019

Celtic receive Brendan Rodgers transfer gesture as Leicester boss smooths over shock exit | Football | Sport

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The Northern Irishman waved goodbye to Celtic Park at the end of February to join Leicester.

Moving midway through the season with the club on the cusp of a historic third successive treble left a bad taste among supporters.

But Rodgers insisted that he was not prepared to turn down the opportunity considering that it may not have been available come the end of the season.

Now the former Liverpool boss is set to hand Celtic a gesture of goodwill to smooth over his surprising departure.

Rodgers has hinted that defender Filip Benkovic could return to Celtic for a second loan spell next season.

The Croatian has impressed north of the border when free of injuries, making 18 league appearances this season.

Benkovic was initially brought to Celtic by Rodgers and has gained vital experience playing regular football.

That is not something that can be guaranteed at the King Power Stadium next season, meaning another temporary deal could be on the cards.

Despite their bad feelings towards Rodgers, the news will be received well by Celtic supporters who are set to lose Dedryck Boyata on a free transfer.

“We will have a look in the summer. The idea was to get him out on loan where he can get experience and feel pressure,” Rodgers told the Leicester Mercury.

“He obviously has been playing at Celtic with 60,000 plus and the weight of expectation to win every game, so he was going to be okay with pressure.

“That is what he has done, not so much the second half of the season, but we will take him back and have a look to see where we go from there.”

The £12million signing could get a taste of Champions League football next season too, should Celtic qualify.

Rodgers confirmed upon his arrival at his new club that Benkovic will at least return in the summer for pre-season.

“Filip is a terrific player and I know him very well,” he said.

“He’ll come back in the summer. Filip is very mature for a young boy of 21. He’s very imposing at 6ft 4in and very dominant in both boxes.”

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