Former Celtic goalkeeper Alan Rough has stated that he believes Dedryck Boyata is financially motivated.

Rough told PLZ Soccer that he believed Boyata thought he would get a bigger move than Hertha Berlin.

There hasn’t been any confirmation yet of Boyata’s departure to Germany. But recent speculation makes it seem as though he’s set for a move to the Bundesliga.

Dedryck Boyata has been a staple of the Celtic side this season (Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Considering the Belgian is out of contract at the end of the season, Celtic’s hands are tied behind their backs here. And Rough believes Boyata will be disappointed at only attracting interest from the likes of Hertha.

“I think he thought he had a wonderful big competition there (World Cup) and he was going to demand bigger clubs than Hertha Berlin, but that’s not the case.

“It’s all about the money now. I don’t know what wages he’s on at Celtic, but certainly, if they’re offering that kind of money that’s what players are into now”

 

Boyata right to look after himself

The latest report from the Sun had him earning around £40k-per-week next season. A move to the Bundesliga, regardless of his wages, will likely be more lucrative than what we have to offer.

Boyata has a right to look after himself and seek a move. He’s given us a good shift this season, with 32 appearances for the Hoops to his name this term.

Boyata had a successful World Cup with Belgium (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

But Rough is right. After a successful World Cup with Belgium that saw them reach the semi-finals, Boyata could easily have thought he would attract some of the premier sides in Europe. That just hasn’t materialised, and Berlin, who sit 11th in the Bundesliga, are hardly world-renowned.

But it’s also not fair to assume Boyata’s potential move is primarily motivated by money. He could very well simply want to experience different cultures and leagues in Europe. Financial gain from it is just something you would expect moving to a bigger league with more finances.

Boyata’s legacy at Celtic will forever be tarnished by a refusal to play against AEK Athens in crucial Champions League qualifiers last August. But he’s also had plenty of fine displays for us if not spectacular.