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Rodgers Offers Hope That Celtic Star Could Yet Stay At The Club

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has suggested that Dedryck Boyata could yet stay at the club beyond the end of the season.

The Belgian international’s current deal expires in the summer with many expecting the centre-back to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club, or to be sold in the January transfer window.

However, Rodgers said that Boyata has reacted well following the drama in August when he tried to force through a move to Fulham:

“It was a tough summer for him in every way. But it is really satisfying to see how he has got over that and how he has performed. Since he had that little episode he has been brilliant for us.”

“That partnership with Benkovic has been very good. He gives everything to the cause. He is super professional.”

“He is in the last year of his contract but I am quite relaxed about that. He probably has to look at every option possible.”

“That doesn’t take away his commitment to what we’re doing. The next contract will probably be the last big one of his career and he has to make sure it’s the right one.”

The 28-year-old has played very well alongside centre-back partner Filip Benkovic in recent months, but his injury in the Betfred Cup final victory over Aberdeen on Sunday means he could be out for a few weeks.

Boyata had to be taken off on the hour mark after picking up a hamstring strain, and won’t be involved when Celtic face Motherwell tomorrow evening.

If they win at Fir Park, the Hoops will leapfrog rivals Rangers and return to the top of the Scottish Premiership table.