Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin are believed to be closing in on a deal to take Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata on a free transfer, according to The Scottish Sun.

The Belgium international has been tipped for a Bhoys exit for the last two transfer windows, but with him being out of contract at the end of the season, his time at Celtic Park appears to be coming to an end.

Boyata caused lots of frustration at Celtic at the beginning of the campaign, when it was perceived that he refused to play in a Champions League tie against AEK Athens after being denied a move to Fulham, and the writing looked on the wall from that moment onwards.

The defender went on to make 32 appearances for the Bhoys in all competitions this term, but could well have played his final match in the hoops.

Celtic do still have a game left this season, one which could see them secure another domestic treble when they face Hearts in the Scottish Cup final next weekend, but Boyata is currently out with a hamstring injury, and looks set to miss the Hampden Park showpiece.

With the Bhoys currently without a manager for next term, there is going to need to be a fair bit of action at Celtic Park in the close season, as whoever comes into the hot seat in Glasgow will need to replace the Belgium international as a matter pf priority.

Hertha are also without a head coach, but the Belgian is understood to have been the number one target of their sporting director this summer, and it would seem as though the Bundesliga side are going to get their man.

Boyata’s exit will be regrettable by Celtic, as they could have made a tidy sum for him last summer, had they allowed him to head to the Premier League. Instead they are set to get nothing for him which will be a blow.


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