Celtic

By Danny Wright

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has held contract talks with the representatives of Dedryck Boyata.

The 26-year-old defender’s current contract at Parkhead is due to expire in the summer of 2019, and even though he is yet to enter to final 18 months of his deal, Rodgers is eager for the Belgium international to commit his future to the Hoops.

Boyata has been a pivotal part of the Celtic first-team since joining them from Manchester City in in 2015, however injuries have been a constant nuisance to his time in Scotland.

Currently, Boyata is the only fit centre-back in Rodgers’ squad and he has been playing alongside midfielder Nir Bitton and right-back Mikael Lustig in most of his appearances.

The Belgian defender struggled against Bayern Munich in his last match on Tuesday night when he was largely at fault for a defensive mix-up that saw Kingsley Coman open the scoring.

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However despite the Champions League gaffe, Rodgers is eager for Boyata to pen a new deal before too long.

“Dedryck would go into his final year next summer, but I’d love him to stay. His representatives have spoken to Peter Lawwell and I’ve also spoken to Dedryck,” said the Northern Irish boss, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“He understands what I think, but you always have to respect the player. We will chat again.”

Boyata has made nine appearances across all competitions for Celtic this season since returning to action after a knee injury.

He seemed to have been suffering from a bit of tiredness last week when he had to play against Hibernian and Aberdeen and was rested against Kilmarnock in the 1-1 draw at the weekend.

In other Celtic news, James McClean gave an emotional response to Hoops fans in the loss to Bayern Munich.

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