Brendan Rodgers will look for confirmation from Leicester that Filip Benkovic is in Glasgow for the remainder of the season.

Foxes manager Claude Paul intimidated last week that he envisages Benkovic remaining with Celtic for the duration of the season after it emerged that the player had a recall clause in his contract.

Benkovic arrived on loan at Celtic on the final day of the window and has been a mainstay of Rodgers’ defence since settling into the team.

With Dedryck Boyata free to discuss terms with other clubs from January, Celtic faced the potential scenario of losing both of their first-choice defenders in the winter window. The sensible option would be to cash in on Boyata rather than allow him to leave for nothing at the end of the season, but a decision on that could be made more problematic if Benkovic’s situation has any uncertainty about it.

“We haven’t had confirmation of that but it would be great for Leicester, for Filip and for us [if he stayed],” said Rodgers. “I think he’s shown that, at 21, he’s a big talent and the whole idea of him coming here was to experience what it’s like at a huge club – playing, being developed and then arriving back at Leicester ready to play in the Premier League.

“Every challenge he’s had since he came up here, whether it was the Leipzig game or any other, he’s been first class in dealing with it. He’s a fantastic young player and it would be great to have him for the rest of the campaign.

“We have good relations with Leicester but it’s been a very delicate time for them so I haven’t been pushing anything with them. We haven’t been in contact with them since the unfortunate accident; we’ve taken a step back from it and we’ll address it at the right time.”

Meanwhile, Rodgers is looking forward to getting a fully fit squad assembled after a season that has been repeatedly interrupted by injury issues.

Captain Scott Brown is nearing full fitness while Olivier Ntcham was back in action in the 3-0 win over Hamilton Accies at the weekend.

As Celtic prepare for Thursday night’s Europa League game in Rosenborg ahead of Sunday’s Betfred League Cup final, Rodgers is confident that his side are firmly back in their stride.

“It has been unfortunate, especially in the Champions League qualification games. We are judged very early in the season because of them [injuries],” said the Celtic manager.

“But we’ve shown that we have got better as we have gone on. The Leipzig game was a great measure of the level at which the players have been playing.

“So we continue with that and we come into these games in great form. You need the competition in the squad, for sure.

“It was always going to be a tough group for us. Three out of the four teams in the group are champions - Salzburg, Rosenborg and ourselves - while Leipzig are a top Bundesliga team.

“I’m not sure there are too many groups in Europe like that this season. Our aim was always and still is to try and find a way out of the group.

“If we go to Rosenborg and get the result, which we know we can do, then it sets it up brilliantly for our last game at home to Salzburg.

“That is how it has been for us – big game after big game. We just stay calm and prepare how we prepare. Each game is important for us, so keep them coming.”