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Celtic: Dedryck Boyata must quickly become an afterthought

Celtic: Dedryck Boyata must quickly become an afterthought

The Scottish Premiership might almost be done and dusted for Celtic, but Neil Lennon now has other important work on his hands.

The interim manager’s close to getting them over the line to win another league title, but he needs to showcase his management skills in dealing with some internal problems if he’s going to stand a chance of getting the job full-time.

Dedryck Boyata’s future is quite uncertain, as he’s close to leaving Parkhead after his contract expires. According to reports from Bild, Hertha Berlin has already started negotiating a deal to sign him as a free agent. However, it’s time for the Hoops to take care of Boyata’s lack of genuine commitment.

The Belgian centre-back might be a key cog in keeping their defence impenetrable, yet they’ve managed to succeed without him this season. The Hoops have only lost three league games without him, keeping clean-sheets and putting in strong performances even when he’s missing.

While Lennon has suggested Celtic are keen on signing a new deal, they shouldn’t act desperate. As long as a promising defender is signed to replace him, they’ll be fine. But it’s now time the Scottish Champions stamp their authority by teaching him a lesson for flirting with others, a saga that has drawn on far too long.

Boyata, who is valued at £1.8 million (by Transfermarkt), should be taught a lesson for disrespecting the club for negotiating with others whilst the season goes on by being benched for the remainder of the season. It isn’t the end of the world for Celtic if the Belgian leaves, as they need to teach him and the European footballing fraternity that.

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