The future of Dedryck Boyata has been a topic of keen interest for Celtic supporters this year and, with time beginning to run out on his current contract, the writing may well be on the wall in January.
Boyata came back from the World Cup last summer with an inflated reputation and reported interest from Premier League clubs following him from east to west. But after weeks of speculation, mysterious first-team absences and plenty of criticism from the Hoops faithful, Boyata remained at Celtic.
A handful of fine performances this season have enabled him to re-establish his popularity among previously disgruntled supporters, but with his contract due to expire in June 2019 an imminent transfer seems to be looming on the horizon.
Rodgers is faced with a catch 22 scenario ahead of January: sell Boyata to avoid losing him for nothing at the end of the season but risk being left short of quality options in defence or, alternatively, keep him and release him when his contract expires at the end of the campaign.
Those are two worst case scenarios and Boyata may yet extend his contract with the club, but that appears unlikely at this stage.
With these points to consider, we asked Celtic supporters whether they would cash in on Boyata in January, and the response was overwhelmingly in favour of a winter sale.
Indeed, 77% of Celtic supporters revealed that they would like to see the back of the Belgium international in January, with the risk of losing him for nothing clearly weighing on their minds.
If Rodgers was to sanction the deal endorsed by a majority of Celtic supporters it would unquestionably have game-changing effects on their season, with his departure leaving the club in need of a new central defender to bolster the defensive unit.
Whether Rodgers would be able to sign a player at least matching Boyata’s calibre is a question for the recruitment team, but either way the mid-season shake up would shift the dynamic at Celtic Park ahead of the title run in.
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