Boyata situation saddens Celtic boss Rodgers


Boyata situation saddens Celtic boss Rodgers

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.

Losing Boyata would be a significant blow to the Celtic after his significant improvement under Brendan Rodgers at Parkhead.

Brendan Rodgers described Dedryck Boyata's situation with Celtic as "sad" as he prepared for the crunch Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens on Tuesday night without the Belgium defender.

Rodgers, whose side drew 1-1 with AEK in the first leg last week, refused to be drawn when asked if Boyata had played his last game for the club. But yeah, Dedryck would have been fit to play.

"I still felt this was a game in which we had more than enough to win but you have to defend better than we did. We gave AEK a lot of problems but you have to defend properly and we didn't do that".

The Scottish champions drop down to the Europa League play-off, where they will face Latvian side Spartaks Jurmala or Lithuanian side Suduva, and Rodgers said: "The Europa League is still a prestigious competition".

"It's disappointing some of the comments of course but we'll deal with it internally".

"My concentration and focus is just to prepare the team for a big game and a fantastic game for us".

"We got to this position and were without someone of his quality".

He said: "Being able to qualify in a stress-free way is impossible".

"Celtic is a great club, we have been scouting them for a long time and as far we are concerned we tried to reduce the number of good build-ups".



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