Celtic centre-back Dedryck Boyata’s future at the club could well be determined by the team selected by manager Brendan Rodgers to play Motherwell on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Belgian, who will have a year left to run on his contract at end of the season, is a favourite of the Hoops boss, who selected him to play against Rangers last Sunday even though he had been out injured for a month prior to the game.
Unfortunately, the move almost blew up in both the player and the manager’s face, as Boyata endured a torrid time, being culpable for Josh Windass’ goal for the Gers, and almost presenting Alfredo Morelos with a goal.
The fact that the Bhoys were able to pull off a 3-2 win with ten men at Ibrox meant that the criticism of Boyata was slightly tempered, but he still came in for plenty of stick.
With his contract running down, the Hoops will need to decide if to keep the player or move him during the summer, which is where the team selected to play at Fir Park becomes interesting.
If either Jack Hendry or Marvin Compper take Boyata’s place in the side, he could well be sliding down the pecking order at Celtic Park, and towards the exit door.
However, if he manages to keep his place in the side even after such a poor display against Rangers, it will show that Rodgers still has plenty of faith in the player and would like to keep him at the club.
Time will tell if the player has a future with the Hoops, and Sunday will go a long way towards that.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are hoping to agree a new deal with Kristoffer Ajer