It has been a terrible couple of days for Celtic, as they have experienced drama on and off the field.
On Saturday the reigning Scottish Champions were beaten 1-0 away to Hearts, and ahead of their Champions League Qualifier away to AEK Athens on Tuesday, defender Dedryck Boyata has reportedly given up on the club.
According to the Mail Online, the Belgium international’s agent, Jacques Lichtenstein, turned up to Celtic’s training ground prior to their clash with Hearts demanding a meeting with Brendan Rodgers.
Boyata’s representative then went on to claim the club had broken promises regarding a potential move away from Scotland, and confirmed the defender would be signing elsewhere in January as his contract is up at the end of the season.
“On January 1, he will sign elsewhere by being free, without reporting anything to Celtic,” revealed Lichtenstein.
Boyata’s agent also told Belgian newspaper DH.be: “His very good club and World Cup seasons gave Celtic the opportunity to sell the player for a price multiple of the amount invested on his arrival in 2015.
“Celtic have not responded to the interest of other clubs. Phone calls have gone unanswered. Meeting requests have been refused.
“When a club promises a player to be co-operative in the prospect of a transfer in the transfer window and it does not keep its promise, then it seems obvious that they will not hold promises if the player extends his contract.”
Further fuel has been added to the fire by Boyata himself, who followed Sevilla on social media platform Instagram, as reported by website Celts Are Here.
He also liked a comment from a fan pleading for him to join the Spanish outfit, who were one of many clubs fighting for the Celtic defender’s signature.
Fulham have also shown interest and had a £9million bid turned down before the Premier League transfer window closed, leaving Boyata and his agent furious.
The 27-year-old wanted to use his successful World Cup campaign as a springboard for a move into one of Europe’s top leagues, as he helped Belgium to pick up the bronze medal with a 1-0 win over England.
Boyata also featured in wins over Panama and Tunisia, and was a key part of Celtic’s treble winning campaign as he made 39 appearances in all competitions and scored three goals.
Rodgers is understandably trying to keep hold of the instrumental defender, who was played 103 times for the club since his move from Manchester City in 2015.
Celtic have to weigh up whether it is worth keeping an unhappy Boyata in their camp though, as it could become destructive to their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.