Report: Celtic Invincible Dedryck Boyata ready to leave Hertha Berlin this summer

By David Walton

June 6, 2021

Former Celtic invincible Dedryck Boyata is ready to leave Hertha Berlin this summer in search of a new challenge, according to Bild.

Bild believes that Boyata wants to use this summer’s Euro 2020 competition to promote himself to potential suitors. Hertha are willing to listen to offers for the former Ronny Deila signing too.

Boyata is into the final year of his contract in Germany, and was named club captain back in September. However, an injury kept him out of action for four-and-a-half months between December and May. This has meant that Boyata has only made a grand total of 19 appearances this season [Transfermarkt].

The Belgian international has been with Hertha for the past two seasons. In that time, he’s managed to prove himself capable of stepping up to top-level European football with constant first-team action in the Bundesliga.

It isn’t stated how much Boyata is being valued by the German club. However, it will be interesting to see where the ex-Celtic man sees his next step being.

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Dedryck Boyata has proven his critics wrong at Hertha Berlin

All power to him. Boyata got some real unfair stick at Parkhead in my view. Especially when there were far worse and less effective centre-backs at the club. His record here speaks for itself of course.

When Dedryck left Parkhead, he did so with five Scottish Premiership titles to his name. That’s not to mention the treble-treble or invincible treble success he managed. Or te Champions League and Europa League nights he competed well in either.

It’s clear he doesn’t lack ability. His performances in Germany are a key indicator of that. He’s also continued to be selected for Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squads on a regular basis. He’ll be going to Euro 2020, and that will give Celtic supporters a chance to see the level he’s currently operating at.

Former Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata (Photo by Angelo Blankespoor/Soccrates/Getty Images)

At 30 years of age, Boyata should now be in his prime. With 2 years of Bundesliga action under his belt, it’ll be interesting to see how his game has improved. Especially considering his passing in particular was a real issue at Celtic Park.

Celtic themselves are in need of new centre-back options this summer. Don’t expect Boyata to be itching for a return anytime soon right enough. He departed in order to better himself in a more challenging European league. It’s likely he’s eyeing up a new experience at one of the alternative top leagues in the continent.

But there’s no denying that he’s proven to be a Bundesliga success story since leaving Celtic. Hopefully, he continues to prove people wrong at Euro 2020.

In other news, Neil Lennon was singing a different tune about 10IAR back in 2020.