Ex-Celtic defender Filip Benkovic could be set to make the transition into a STRIKER for loan side Bristol City.

The Croat scored for The Robins in their 3-2 win over Derby County on Wednesday evening and had manager Lee Johnson purring at his attacking instincts.

Benkovic - who joined Bristol City on loan from Leicester on deadline day - previously played up front as a youngster. And Johnson admits he'll have no hesitation throwing him in as a frontman again if they are chasing a game. "I might have Brendan Rodgers on the phone asking me what I'm doing when I'm playing him up front," Johnson joked.

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"In the Championship you want to make sure every box is ticked. You want all the clubs in the bag - probably the only club we haven't got in the bag is that 6ft 6in striker, but funnily enough, Benkovic was a striker until he was 16.

"He said to me that all he ever wanted to be was a striker, so I said that was handy, did he mind going up there in the last 10 minutes?

"He'll be well happy with that goal."

Benkovic scored two goals during his time on loan at Celtic, one against Hearts in a 5-0 win and the other against Dundee when the Hoops earned a 3-0 victory.