By Will Butcher

Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic scouts were accompanied by Liverpool’s spotters and 24 other teams in watching Benfica’s match against Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday night, according to a report.

According to the Daily Record, 26 scouting teams were in attendance to watch the Portuguese side beat Dynamo Kiev in Group B as they secured a 1-0 win in the Champions League.

It is not clear who the scouts were watching, but centre-back Victor Lindeloef particularly impressed with his performance, helping his side keep a clean sheet.

The Sweden international has become one of the hottest properties in Europe after breaking into the first team at Estadio da Luz.


Benfica’s number 14 has been in impressive form for Rui Vitoria’s side during his 12 league and cup appearances this term, after signing from Swedish outfit Vasteras SK and progressing through the ranks at Benfica B.

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The 22-year-old, who has already won 10 Sweden caps after making his debut in March 2016 against Turkey, has made one of two centre-back positions under Vitoria his own after impressing last season.

Lindelof, who can also slot in at right-back and has also played in holding midfielder, started all three games at Euro 2016 for Sweden before the were knocked out in the group stages.

However, the versatile star has four years remaining on his contract, allowing Benfica to charge Celtic, Liverpool and any other interested clubs what they believe he is worth.

Below is a list of all the teams that were in attendance to watch Lindelof:

England: Aston Villa, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Sunderland, West Brom.

Germany: Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg.

Italy: AC Milan, Inter Milan, Sassuolo, Juventus.

Spain: Celta Vigo, Barcelona, Osasuna, Sevilla, Valencia, Villarreal.

France: Monaco, Montpellier.

South Africa: Bidvest Wits FC.

Unknown: SWF (could be Sheffield Wednesday).

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