Celtic fans endured a hard summer with speculations of Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata leaving the club for greener pastures.

The 27-year-old created quite a stir in the Celtic camp looking to force a move like ex-teammate Dembele did to secure a switch to Ligue 1 side, Lyon.

Boyata was thoroughly unprofessional in his approach that led to many fans turning against the big Belgian. Rodgers refused to let him go for the £7 million that was on offer for him. While Dembele managed to get a move, Rodgers pulled the plug when it came to Boyata.

Despite all this, the gaffer isn’t really naive enough to believe that the 27-year-old is set to stay in Glasgow for an extended period of time. He recently admitted that Boyata’s time at the Celtic Park could come to an end very soon. He said –

Dedryck will leave at some point. You look at him now and you see he is really defined now as a player who has gained great confidence the last two years, the last 18 months in particular.

Going to the World Cup, he has proven there at a good level that he can play with world-class players.

He is entering into his years at 28 where he can show it. I have always said when he is concentrated that he is a top-class player.

Celtic risk losing the Belgian for nothing the next summer so they must sell and bring in defensive reinforcement in the winter transfer window. Boyata has been in good form for Celtic as well as Belgium and is sure to generate some good money should they look to sell.