As reported by The Scottish Sun, Celtic have attempted to sign defender Dedryck Boyata up to a new deal at the club but the defender has not yet agreed terms.
Boyata has faced fierce criticism from supporters in recent months for some high profile mistakes in the Hoops defensive line, but is rated by manager Brendan Rodgers nonetheless, continuing to be picked for the side’s biggest matches when fit.
That may be why the club are currently attempting to renew his contract, which is due to expire at the end of next season.
The Scottish Sun report that talks between decision makers at Celtic Park and his agent have taken place, but agreement is yet to be reached, with the defender non-committal on his future playing for the club.
Is he a player that deserves to be rewarded with a new contract?
There’s an argument to be made that Celtic should be looking to offload the Belgian player rather than handing him a new deal, with fans rapidly losing patience with his ability to lead the Hoops defence.
On his best day he’s an accomplished defender who combines well with his teammates, but there is a definite tendency to make mistakes in possession when it matters most, as seen most recently during the side’s 3-2 win at Ibrox.
He struggles at a higher level than the Scottish Premiership too and the central defensive area is one that is crying out for investment this summer. Celtic conceded more goals than any other team in last season’s Champions League group stages.
If he isn’t desperate to sign a new deal for the club then Celtic shouldn’t bend over backwards to retain him, there are better options out there and it’s something the club should explore when the transfer window opens.