Scottish champions Celtic could be set to put an end to the long running saga between themselves and defender Dedryck Boyata as early as January, according to Belgian media outlet HLN.

The former Manchester City man made a rod for his own back, when he refused to play in a Champions League qualifier earlier in the season, citing injury although that was denied at the time by the Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers.

It was believed that the Belgium international, who featured for his country at the World Cup in the summer, was miffed at missing out on a move to the Premier League in the transfer window, when Fulham were said to have made a bid for his services.

Boyata is out of contract in the summer, and although he has recently claimed he is committed to the club, it is understood that is only in terms of his teammates during his current deal, rather than any admission that he is likely to sign an extension to keep him at Celtic Park.

Indeed the Bhoys are believed to have given up any hope of getting the Belgium international to accept a new contract, and now they are preparing to offload the defender in January.

With Boyata able to leave Glasgow on a free transfer in the summer, the next window will be their final chance to make any money from a possible sale.

Were the Bhoys to get some cash in for the Belgian, it would at least give Rodgers some funds to use in order to strengthen the Scottish champions in the areas he feels he needs reinforcements.

If Celtic do make the 27-year-old available for transfer in January, it would be interesting to see if Fulham return for the powerful centre-back, or whether they would wait and take their chances of getting him for nothing in the summer.


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