Week to forget for Celtic as 'proper Hearts' return

Postado Agosto 13, 2018

"It's nice to have teams like Rangers interested in me - I think everyone knows I'm a Rangers supporter - but obviously it's up to the two clubs to work something out", Lafferty said. However, Celtic asked us and the player to stay and that they would be open to a start at the next transfer window. So that's the honest situation where he's at.

Before Celtic's 1-0 defeat by Hearts in the Scottish Premiership at Tynecastle yesterday, Boyata's representative Jacques Lichtenstein was quoted as saying: "Dedryck is disappointed because he was made promises that have not been kept".

"The official offers were left unanswered, sending the message clearly that Celtic did not want to sell the player".

The Belgian defender had a great World Cup and now wants to cash in on interest in his signature from clubs, including Lazio, Sevilla and Lyon. Meeting requests have been refused.

Lichtenstein, who turned up at Lennoxtown on Friday demanding showdown talks with Rodgers, effectively said Boyata was downing tools in protest at "broken promises" over his future.

"He is a fantastic player and a guy who we want to keep".

Boyata has developed into one of the key players for Celtic since he joined from Manchester City in 2015.

"Celtic are a very big club, but don't behave like one", said Boyata's agent. Being disappointed is even more serious.

Losing Boyata would be a significant blow to the Celtic after his significant improvement under Brendan Rodgers at Parkhead. However, "a couple of issues medically with him" were declared as sufficient to rule him out of action against Hearts and make him a doubt for Greece.

However, in what is becoming an increasingly fractious stand-off, Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers said last night the player wouldn't be allowed to go anywhere unless a suitable replacement could be found. My concentration is on the players who are going to play and are fit to play and to see if we can go out there and meet the challenge and get the result.