Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata could be soon leaving the club having been left out again this weekend.
The want-away star missed Wednesday’s tie against St Mirren through injury.
Brendan Rodgers told Celtic TV he could have played but opted to leave him out of the 3-0 win at Parkhead.
However, the Belgian didn’t appear for Saturday’s victory against Hamilton Accies either.
Boyata wrapping himself in cotton wool until deadline day?
The 28-year-old’s representatives claim Boyata will leave Celtic this year.
Celtic will want to keep their first-choice centre-back but if he must leave they’ll surely want to reclaim something on him.
A few clubs will be snooping around to try and manage to tie him on a cut price deal.
Deadline day is on Thursday, and if Boyata hasn’t moved by then, he will be a free agent come the summer.
Celtic have one more match before then against St Johnstone on Wednesday so it will be interesting to see if Boyata features in the 18-man squad.
Celtic preparing for defender’s departure with partnership trial
The past two matches has seen the other first-choice Filip Benkovic paired with Kristoffer Ajer.
The pair are yet to concede, albeit against lesser opposition on paper.
The Saints will bring a tougher task to the formidable partnership, if they play together again that is.
Celtic’s failure to bring in a defender so far will mean the Ajer and Benkovic link-up could be extended.
The case of Boyata and his way out of the club has been well documented over the last seven months.
The Belgian threw a strop when a nine million pound summer move wasn’t realised following his impressive World Cup performances.
A resolve was found and Boyata returned to the squad and hasn’t really looked back, reclaiming his spot as first-choice.
However, with another window coming to an end, the transfer tale could have another chapter added to it.
Whatever he decides, fans and player must treat the move with respect in order to get it back.