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Kundai Benyu on ‘frustrating’ Celtic move as he claims Brendan Rodgers didn’t give him ‘fair chance’

KUNDAI Benyu spent three years on the books at Celtic. But the Zimbabwe midfielder only made four appearances in that time leaving with little more than his league winners’ medal.

His only league triumph in his career to date is the big takeaway from his time in Glasgow which left the 24-year-old disappointed in the lack of opportunities afforded to him.

Benyu signed for Celtic after personal contact from Brendan Rodgers while English Premier League clubs Tottenham Aston Villa and West Ham were left without reward.

However, the move didn’t work out for Benyu who reckons he was finished at Parkhead without ever getting the chance to prove his worth in a trophy-laden spell for the club.

Speaking to Football Scotland, he said: “I wasn’t angry at all but I was really frustrated because I wasn’t given a fair chance.

“I believe in my ability and I was better than some people but it didn’t matter what I did in training, certain players would still get the nod ahead of me.

“If I said something, people would say I had a bad attitude, but I just wanted to play and show what I could do. I have no regrets but a lot was promised that wasn’t delivered.

“For a young player, the stadium and Champions League potential was so appealing and I did everything and beyond, it just didn’t work out.”

Benyu did face criticism over a perceived negative attitude during his time in Glasgow’s East End, but he insists he was “as professional as possible” at Celtic.

And he was not content with a spot on the bench which prompted a knock on manager Rodgers’ door. 

“I try to be as professional as possible and I did knock on the door because I wanted to play and prove myself”, he said.

“I went to Celtic not to warm the bench but I understood we had experience and that’s what kept the team winning.

“It was always difficult not to blame anyone or point fingers at anyone, but in football you also need luck.”

Benyu eventually left Celtic to join Wealdstone on a free transfer in October 2020 after loan spells at Helsingborg and Oldham Athletic.

He now plays for Icelandic second-tier side Vestri, making 17 appearances in the 2021 season.

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