Dedryck Boyata and Jack Hendry have both not travelled with the squad to Lithuania, according to STV.

Hendry, who has been partnering Kristoffer Ajer in recent matches, will miss out through injury. The former Dundee stopper has struggled to win over the Celtic support, and won’t play against Suduva.

Boyata, however, won’t be travelling for reasons still unclear. The Belgian’s agent had a dispute with the club after a rejected £9m move to Fulham transpired a couple of weeks ago.

Dedryck Boyata has a long road back at Celtic (TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images)

Former Manchester City man Boyata was the Hoops’ first-choice centre-back last season. However, despite that, he still struggled to win over many with too many lapses in concentration occurring.

Untimely “injury”

A video surfaced of the 27-year-old before the trip to AEK Athens last week where he was apparently receiving treatment. However, Brendan Rodgers came out after Celtic crashed out of the Champions League and stated Boyata was fit.

This has since led to huge unrest between the supporters and the player. The manager has since said that the Belgian could make a return to first-team action soon.

Many expected that to happen against Suduva in Lithuania, but Boyata hasn’t got on the plane.

It leaves Rodgers with another defensive headache heading into the Europa League first-leg. Mikael Lustig may have to deputise at centre-back, with Cristian Gamboa given another outing at right-back.

Defensive options are bare for Rodgers as it is, and missing both Hendry and Boyata isn’t timely at this stage.

Celtic have had a bid rejected for Scott McKenna in recent days, and that deal isn’t anywhere near completion.

The Hoops have also been interested in Jeffrey Bruma according to several reports. However, it’s unclear whether contact has even been made between the club and Wolfsburg for the Dutch defender.

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