It’s been a brilliant year, make no mistake. Celtic have been dominant from the outset, and even though it hasn’t been a faultless campaign, Brendan Rodgers has led his team to countless successes.
Of course, the trophies are the easiest way to determine success, and Celtic’s title and domestic cup victories will live long in the memory, but beyond that, the sheer quality that has been on display at Celtic Park has been evident all year long.
In truth, following Celtic’s latest Scottish League Cup final win, it’s arguably been the perfect campaign for the club – but there is still scope for it to get even better.
Brendan Rodgers doesn’t appear particularly confident that defender Dedryck Boyata will agree fresh terms at Celtic Park, with his deal set to expire at the end of the season. Indeed, the boss, according to the Sun, hasn’t ruled out the exit of a January departure.
Losing Boyaya would be a huge blow for the club, and to make this year even better, agreeing fresh terms with the Belgian would be a brilliant feat.
After all, there’s no denying the impact that he’s had at Celtic this season. He’s arguably been their best defender, and there’s even a case for him having been their most consistent overall player. He’s yet to have a bad game, and that quality is such an important thing to have within your defence.
Furthermore, at 28-years-old, he’s still a player that is in the prime of his career. He’s got more than a few years left at the highest level, and he’s come on leaps and bounds at Celtic over the last few years. To lose him after all that would be hugely frustrating for Brendan Rodgers.
Financially, too, it’s just a move that makes sense. Even if Boyata is sold in January, Celtic would likely be forced to sell him below his market value, and that’s the last thing that a team like Celtic need. They’d surely be looking at losing out on some pretty significant value if they don’t agree fresh terms with him, then.
Now, granted, his salary demands are likely to be high, but sometimes a team needs to break protocol for the better of the club. Boyata would be so hard to replace, and so if Celtic are looking to progress, they simply must avoid regressing by selling Boyata.