John Hartson explains why Celtic's Dedryck Boyata is worth £50m

Dedryck Boyata of Belgium reacts at the final whistle following their win during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28,...

Celtic legend John Hartson believes Belgian centre-back Boyata is worth £50million following World Cup heroics.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek of England is challenged by Dedryck Boyata of Belgium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28,...

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata has been in fine form with Belgium at the World Cup, helping the Red Devils secure victories in their three group games - which saw them pip England to the top spot.

The 27-year-old, who has a year left on his Hoops contract, played every minute of his country's group campaign, and surely caught the eyes of the watching world with his performances.

Celtic legend John Hartson was also impressed by Boyata's brilliance, claiming he is in the same bracket with Manchester City's John Stones and equally worth £50 million - the amount the Etihad outfit secured the services of the England international for from Everton.

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With many rubbishing Hartson's claims, the former striker has come out to explain himself and has stood by his initial opinion.

Dedryck Boyata of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Given the "current ridiculously inflated transfer market", the Celtic hero believes Boyata has done enough in the World Cup to prove he can command Stones' fee or something closer.

"If John Stones can command that kind of fee, which of course he did, then why not the same for a player at least close to his level and who is enjoying an outstanding World Cup," Hartson wrote in his Evening Times column.

Boyata was dropped to the bench for Monday's clash against Japan with captain Vincent Kompany taking his place, and while the Celtic star will likely be seeing limited action for the remainder of Belgium's World Cup campaign, he has surely done enough to increase his value and worth.

Belgium's defender Dedryck Boyata and England's defender John Stones vie for the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group G football match between England and Belgium at the Kaliningrad...

Lazio have been linked with a £7million move for the former Manchester City star, and while the fees might simply be too good to turn down, the Parkhead club will be selling themselves short if they agree to sell him for the amount.

It remains to be seen if Celtic can get £50million for Boyata, though, but they can get a good price for him going by his excellent World Cup campaign.

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