Dedryck Boyata says he is with his Celtic teammates after transfer uncertainty


It has been a bad couple of days for Celtic, as they have experienced drama on and off the field.

Brendan Rodgers decided against taking the centre-half with his squad for tomorrow night's Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens in the Greek capital with the tie poised at 1-1.

He has improved a lot under Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers told BBC Sport after the match against Hearts: "The club were trying to organise a deal, but Dedryck's agent wasn't so keen for him to sign a deal before the World Cup, which you can understand".

The ongoing and very public row between the Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata and his club has escalated yet further today, with both sides digging in at their positions over the Belgian defender's supposed refusal to play for the club following dispute over an aborted move to Fulham.

"Celtic have not responded to the interest of other clubs".

And it has now been claimed Boyata is refusing to play for Celtic as he looks to fight his way out of Celtic Park.

Fulham reportedly had a bid for Boyata rejected last week and his agent, Jacques Lichtenstein, was quoted by saying that as his client is in the final year of his contract, he could not risk playing when not 100 per cent fit.

Boyata also featured in wins over Panama and Tunisia, and was a key part of Celtic's treble winning campaign as he made 39 appearances in all competitions and scored three goals.

The Belgium global is missing Tuesday's Champions League qualifier at AEK Athens and says it is down to injury.