Chris Sutton has torn Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata to shreds in a furious rant about his performance in the recent 3-2 victory over Rangers.

Writing in his column in the Daily Record, the former Hoops striker claimed that the mistake made by the Belgian defender which lead to Josh Windass opening the scoring for Rangers was “extraordinary”.

“Nearly a week on and I still don’t know what he was doing against Rangers. It wasn’t just a poor display – it was delusional,” Sutton said, before going on to criticise the 27-year-old once again.

“I don’t want to get personal but you have to point the finger at Boyata. The opening goal was extraordinary.

“For goodness sake play it safe. Boyata did the complete opposite but the shocking thing was that it wasn’t entirely surprising, because he’s got it in him at any time.”

Boyata has a battle on his hands to keep his place in the Hoops first-team, as January arrivals Marvin Compper and Jack Hendry are both fit and available for selection for the Bhoys.

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There’s little doubt that a lot of Hoops fans will agree with Sutton, Boyata was very poor at times against Rangers. Not only did he gift Windass the opening goal of the game, but another mistake almost let in Alfredo Morelos to score, but thankfully Scott Bain made the save. Despite the criticism, it seems likely that the Belgian will keep his place in the team for Sunday’s game against Motherwell, Brendan Rodgers is obviously a fan of the player, he wouldn’t have brought him back into the side to face Rangers after not playing for a month if that wasn’t the case. All eyes will be on the Belgian at Fir Park, and supporters will be hoping that he can rectify the errors he made in the Old Firm derby.

In other Celtic news, Anthony Ralston has joined Dundee Until on loan until the end of the season

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