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Celtic make Boyata U-turn

Celtic and their manager Brendan Rogers appear to have performed a U-turn when it comes to defender Dedryck Boyata.

The Belgian defender looked to be on the way out of Parkhead after effectively going on strike to try and force a move away, and, in his absence, Celtic have struggled so far this season, losing to Hearts in the league and surrendering their place in the Champions League to AEK Athens meekly.

However, he was surprisingly recalled to the side for the home fixture against Hamilton on Sunday, and went from zero to hero as he scored the only goal of the game with a close range finish in the 63rd minute. That was despite a section of the home support displaying a banner claiming he wasn’t fit to wear the shirt.

Now Rogers wants to keep him at the club, saying ““We are not a squad which can do without a player of that quality. He made his commitment to the team and was there for his team-mates today.

“He was first class and it was ironic he got the goal. Everything he did was superb and it was great to have him back in there.

At the same time, though Rogers is still looking to bring in more defensive cover before the transfer window closes on Friday, with both Jack Hendry and Jozo Simunovic injured.

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