After getting a reprieve and scoring, Boyata refusing to celebrate was a slap in the face to the supporters once more.
Brendan Rodgers has previously hinted that the Belgian centre-back would return to the side. He did on Sunday in the 1-0 home win over Hamilton Academical.
The most ironic part of the contest was the fact that the towering defender notched the winner. However, the 27-year-old then incredibly refused to celebrate the goal. Instead, Boyata seemed to cower away from any celebrations from his team-mates.
That refusal to partake in the celebrations was another knife in the back of supporters. The Celtic faithful had tried to back Boyata all game, and failing to celebrate was poor on the Belgian.
It would’ve been different had the incident in question not came from Boyata’s own doing. He was already on a slippery slope with the Parkhead faithful as it was.
It can also be argued Boyata simply didn’t want to overly-celebrate as he was showing humility. However, with the couple of weeks the defender has had, the least he could’ve done was show appreciation to the fans.
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There’s no question that he wants out of the club. Rodgers is still insistent he can sign the centre-back up on a new contract. However, surely there’s no way back for the former Manchester City man at Celtic. Allowing him to revive his career in Scotland goes against everything the club stands for.
His actions over the past couple of weeks have been nothing short of scandalous. Yet, it feels the club have simply been happy to have him back because they’re struggling for centre-backs.
Like a new signing
Given Celtic’s transfer window so far, it also wouldn’t be surprising if they tried to spin this as a new signing.
There remains a lot wrong internally at Celtic, regardless of the last couple of domestic wins. The football has been slowing down despite the new pitch, and confidence is being sapped.
Boyata is a huge part of why this downfall has happened. However, he continues to be backed my the manager and sections of the fan-base willing to forgive.
The least he can then do is have their backs and start showing some appreciation.
Showing a modicum of happiness when he scores for them would be a start.