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19th Sep, 2017 | 9:29am

Rodgers: I'm a big fan of this Celtic speed machine, he is in line for new deal

By Harvey Byrne

Manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he will look to hand a new Celtic deal to speedy centre-back Dedryck Boyata.

The 26-year-old has entered the final two years of his current deal and while he has not played for the Hoops yet this season due to injury he is still a valued member of the successful squad.

The Belgian has been a part of the Glasgow club for two years since joining from Manchester City in the summer of 2015 for a fee of £1.5million.

He has featured 64 times since for the club and now Rodgers has broken that he is looking to extend Boyata’s stay at Celtic.

“Dedryck is certainly one I’ll be looking to keep, so that’s something we will be looking at,” told Rodgers, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

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“It’s nice to have him back. Since the turn of the year and the trip to Dubai he has been brilliant with me.

“It’s a big year for him with Belgium and the World Cup coming up. We want to build him up and help him be involved in that.

“I always like to have a centre-half with real speed. Dedryck’s been back working hard in training for a few weeks, the next step for him is to get game time.”

Due to injuries to the likes of Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko Celtic have been forced to play usual midfielder Nir Bitton in their back four at times this season.

However, the Israeli has also came in for some criticism in some matches for his displays and with clashes against Dundee, Rangers and Anderlecht coming up in the next eight days it is certainly the right time for Boyata to make his return to fitness.

In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton has included one Hoops summer signing in his team of the week.

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