Dedryck Boyata's agent slams Hoops over breaking ‘promises’

Rodgers concedes that he can't be certain if Boyata will be mentally or physically ready to play any part in Tuesday night's Champions League qualifier second-leg against AEK Athens.

The Belgium worldwide is not part of the Bhoys' travelling party for Tuesday evening's match due to minor back complaint and ongoing uncertainty over his future.

His agent, Jacques Lichtenstein, was subsequently quoted as saying that, because the Belgium defender is in the final year of his Celtic contract, he could not afford to risk playing when not 100% fit.

The Hoops allegedly rejected a £9million bid from Fulham for the 27-year-old stopper, who is in the last year of his contract, before the English deadline passed on Thursday.

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I've got a meeting with players at half past 10 concentrating on this game and I said I couldn't meet him before, but I'd meet him after training once I'd done my work. He's a player that we would've loved to have been here with us.

"Dedryck Boyata should be grateful Celtic gave him the opportunity to play... while he has some good attributes he has been a bombscare at times", Sutton wrote on Twitter.

Before the match against AEK, manager Rodgers had refused to be drawn on whether Boyata had played his last game for Celtic.

"But he is not and we need to put the faith in squad that want to be here and want to play for the result". Of course it is disappointing, some of the comments, but we will deal with it internally. "That's my only consideration at this moment".

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