According to a recent report from The Scottish Sun, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is unsure as to whether Dedryck Boyata will remain at the club beyond the January transfer window. The defender made the move to Parkhead back in 2015 after leaving Premier League giants Manchester City, and while he has since become a vital member of the squad at Celtic Park, his expiring contract leaves his future with the Bhoys far from certain.
And manager Rodgers has recently suggested that the 28-year-old may well leave the club come the New Year, which are revelations that should be music to the ears of Rangers fans as their side go in search of title number 55 in the second half of the season.
Ultimately, Steven Gerrard’s Gers look set to mount a serious title challenge this term after going top of the Scottish Premiership with victory at Hearts on Sunday, as while Rodgers’ Celtic have been much improved in the last few months, so have their Old Firm rivals.
Gerrard’s Light Blues may well have conceded double the amount of goals Celtic have, but they have managed to net on seven more occasions than Rodgers’ men to suggest that they have the firepower to sweep teams aside in the Scottish top-flight – the recent 7-1 thumping of Motherwell perhaps the clearest indication.
And while Celtic’s defensive record has been simply outstanding this term, one wonders just how strong they would be at the back were they to lose Belgium international Boyata, who has been a lynchpin in that backline so far this term – this all after reportedly refusing to play earlier in the season amid interest from Premier League side Fulham.
The 28-year-old, who featured three times for his country at this summer’s World Cup, has started each of Celtic’s last 11 Scottish Premiership matches and in that time has helped Rodgers’ side to a staggering nine clean sheets – compare that with conceding in each of their two league matches without the Belgian ace.
So while he didn’t necessarily endear himself to supporters at the start of the campaign, there is little doubting that he has since let his football do the talking with several dominating performances in the Celtic defence – he’s the sort of commanding centre back needed in a side striving for major honours.
And while Rodgers does have a few further options in that department, not least in the likes of Filip Benkovic, Jack Hendry, and Kristoffer Ajer, Boyata is the senior and indeed the best centre back at the club – losing him would certainly be a blow.
And with the gap between the two Scottish giants very slim heading into the second half of the season, the business conducted by the duo in January could prove to be vital in where the title ends up come May.
And with Rodgers far from certain that mainstay Boyata will remain a Celtic player beyond the January window, this will surely be music to the ears of Rangers fans hoping to see their side record title number 55 at the end of the season.
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