Celtic supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been somewhat quieter in recent times after seeing their side make a stuttering start to the new season.
Brendan Rodgers’ men came into the campaign full of optimism after back-to-back domestic trebles, but the Bhoys have already bowed out of the Champions League after losing to AEK Athens in the third qualifying round last week. And while they have reached the last eight of the Scottish League Cup following Saturday’s success at Partick Thistle, they have already suffered defeat in the Scottish Premiership in losing at Hearts last time out, having done so on just four occasions last time round.
Thus, there are many deflated Celtic fans up and down the country at present, although some have taken to Twitter to express their delight at the rumour that Dedryck Boyata could indeed be out of the club this month.
And while the £1.8 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory in recent times, given reports that he has refused to play for the club, some Celtic fans should rethink their desire to get rid of the defender, as the 27-year-old is someone they must seek to retain.
Ultimately, the Belgium international certainly hasn’t helped his club in recent times by reportedly refusing to play following the breakdown of a proposed move to Fulham earlier this month, a refusal which left Celtic short of centre back options ahead of their clash with AEK Athens in the recent fortnight.
And while that has rightly riled several Celtic supporters, as it probably would supporters of other teams were that to happen at their clubs, there is no getting away from the fact that Boyata remains one of the best centre backs at the club, and as such is someone they must seek to retain.
The 27-year-old earned a call up to Belgium’s World Cup squad during the summer as a result of his efforts for the Bhoys in the second half of last season, with the defender going on to start all three of their group games to help them win Group G en route to reaching the semi-finals.
And his efforts in Russia in helping Roberto Martinez’s side to two clean sheets from those three games further underlines Boyata’s defensive credentials, and the fact that he got game time in a Belgium squad that had the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, and Jan Vertonghen speaks volumes about just how good the 27-year-old is.
Thus, Celtic really cannot afford to let the defender leave this summer as he is without doubt the best centre back at the club, while his departure would leave the Bhoys further in a centre back crisis heading into the final few weeks of the window – there’s no guarantee they would get anybody in either.
Ultimately, if Celtic want to keep improving under Rodgers, they have to retain their best players, and despite what has gone before regarding Boyata, he falls into that category, which is why some fans should rethink their desire to want him out of the club this month.
Celtic fans… what do you think? Let us know!