Boyata: zero to hero in a month. Time for a new deal?

Dedryck Boyata has certainly had a rollercoaster ride since the end of last season from the highs of his World Cup exploits, offer from Fulham to the lows of apparently feigning an injury and definitely trying to force a move.

Since returning to the first team he has scored a goal and Celtic have not conceded one, a remarkable effort which also has a key assist to Leigh Griffiths vs Rosenborg when we needed it most.

He also assisted in a barrier collapse and has won kudos on social media for his vigilance and quick thinking.

But for all of these positive headlines, there is still the matter of a long-term contract to be settled between him and the club.

Come January he will be able to sign a pre-contract and walk for free in June, something that would represent a terrible bit of business for Celtic.

If he is determined to leave then hopefully he takes a leaf out of Stuart Armstrong’s book and signs a one-year extension with an eye to leaving in the Summer.

Celtic will be well compensated and his ever-eager agent will have plenty of time to find him the right club.

Of course, there is another option, that being a long-term deal to tie him to Celtic for the run at 10 in a row, something it appears that is the preference of manager Brendan Rodgers who has stood beside him throughout.

With Benkovic beside him, Boyata has the opportunity to dominate domestic defences which will only stand him in good stead should he wish to move on next year.

Hopefully, a deal can be struck and he leaves with the supporters best wishes and decent transfer fee in the Celtic coffers, it would be a terrible shame if anything less were to happen.



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