Quick links


Jozo Simunovic’s and Dedryck Boyata show why Celtic need a new centre-back

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers applauds the home fans at the final whistle as the team equal a 100 year old record of 62 games unbeaten during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match...

Celtic's unbeaten run finally came to an end against Hearts yesterday.

Jozo Simunovic of Celtic tackles Kylian Mbappe of PSG  during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Paris Saint-Germain and Celtic FC at Parc des Princes on November 22, 2017 in...

Jozo Simunovic’s and Dedryck Boyata’s for Celtic against Hearts yesterday will surely have made Brendan Rodgers’ mind up over buying a new centre-back in the January transfer window.

Celtic’s 69-game unbeaten run came to an end yesterday, as they were hammered 4-0 by Hearts.


Craig Levein’s side put the Bhoys to the sword with ruthless efficiency, and both Boyata and Simunovic struggled throughout the contest.

Celtic's Dedryck Boyata speaks during a press conference for the Scottish team Celtic FC on September 26, 2017 in Brussels.

The centre-back pairing never looked settled throughout the game, with Kyle Lafferty causing them a great deal of problems.

And if Rodgers had any doubts over wanting to sign a centre-back in January, those will surely have been eradicated now.

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

It is clear to see that Celtic need to strengthen at the back, if they are to push on to the next level.

Simunovic and Boyata had already been exposed at European level this term, but had generally performed well in domestic competition.

But the alarm bells are now ringing, with Simunovic and Boyata both struggling against Hearts, and Celtic now must bring in a new centre-back when the transfer window re-opens.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch