It’d be fair to say that the Celtic fans in the Transfer Tavern aren’t overly used to dealing with bad news, considering the season they had last year.
The Bhoys in the bar have been riding the crest of a wave for what seems like an eternity, though the unbeaten Treble-winners have already been dealt a blow ahead of next season, Brendan Rodgers’ second in charge at Parkhead.
According to Belgian outlet DH.be, Hoops star Dedryck Boyata has suffered knee ligament damage following the club’s pre-season friendly against Slavia Prague. Indeed, the Belgian defender is understood to have had a scan on the knock and it will reportedly keep him out of the club’s season opener, at home to Hearts on August 5th.
He’ll also miss the Champions League qualifiers against Linfield and, while Celtic should have enough in them to deal with his injury, the 26-year-old’s form towards the end of last season certainly means he’ll be missed.
A bedrock of Rodgers’ defence, as well as a palpable goal threat, the former Manchester City is a favourite of those in green and white in the bar and they hope he’ll be back as soon as possible, ahead of what is hopefully another successful campaign.