By Harvey Byrne

Brendan Rodgers has told that centre-back Dedryck Boyata “should” be back in the squad ahead of the midweek League Cup quarter-final clash against Dundee.

The Hoops have been without the 26-year-old defender this season due to injury and this has caused the Glasgow giants to even use midfielder Nir Bitton in the back four at times.

However, in a week which will see Celtic also take on fierce rivals Rangers on Saturday, manager Rodgers has delivered a big injury update on Boyata and even claimed it to be “great news.”

Injuries in the last campaign also meant that Boyata limited to just 22 appearances in all competitions, but when fit he proved a key part of Rodgers’ back line.

Now, Wednesday’s fixture against Dundee may come too early for the three-time capped Belgium international.

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But, if he is able to make a return against Rangers at the weekend then that will provide a huge boost for the Celtic team in such an important fixture.

The Hoops were also buoyed by the return of star striker Moussa Dembele in their previous fixture against Ross County and with both him and Boyata returning the Scottish giants will be confident of achieving their seventh consecutive title victory.

In other Celtic news, Dembele has given his verdict on this new Hoops signing.

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