Kris Boyd suggests Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers should have sold Dedryck Boyata

Celtic Manager, Brendan Rodgers (C) gives intructions during the UEFA Champions League Qualifier between Celtic and AEK Athens at Celtic Park Stadium on August 8, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata was reportedly wanted by Fulham in the summer transfer window.

6th May 2018, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus Celtic; Dedryck Boyata celebrates his goal

Kris Boyd has suggested in The Scottish Sun that Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers should have sold Dedryck Boyata to Fulham in the summer transfer window.

According to a report in The London Evening Standard earlier this month, Fulham made a bid of £9 million for the former Manchester City defender.


The report also quoted Celtic manager Rodgers as saying that the Scottish giants had turned down the offer from the Premier League club.

Former Rangers striker Boyd, now on the books of Kilmarnock, has suggested that Celtic manager Rodgers should have sold Boyata to Celtic.

Boyd wrote in The Scottish Sun: “I just cannot understand why Celtic didn’t take the money Fulham slapped down on the table.

“Rodgers obviously wanted to keep him for the Champions League qualifiers but, for me, he should have instructed the board to take the £9million offer. I would’ve driven Boyata to London for that kind of money.”

Belgium's Dedryck Boyata celebrates at the balcony in front of more than 8000 supporters at the Grand-Place, Grote Markt in Brussels city center, as Belgian national football team Red...

Current situation

Boyata is still at Celtic, but the situation of the 27-year-old defender at the Hoops is quite tricky at the moment.

The Belgium international did not play for Celtic against AEK Athens in the Champions League qualifier last week.

According to BBC Sport, Boyata claimed that he was injured for the match against Athens, but Rodgers said that the defender was fit to play.

The report has also claimed that the Belgian trained with the Celtic Under-20 side this past Saturday and missed the Scottish League Cup tie against Partick Thistle.

Rodgers, though, has said, as quoted by BBC Sport, that Boyata could be back in the team for Thursday's Europa League play-off against Suduva.

Kris Boyd of Kilmarnock reacts during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Kilmarnock at Ibrox Stadium on March 17, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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