Celtic reject Fulham’s bid for Dedryck Boyata

Belgium's Dedryck Boyata celebrates at the balcony in front of more than 8000 supporters at the Grand-Place Grote Markt in Brussels city center as Belgian national football team Red

Belgium's Dedryck Boyata celebrates at the balcony in front of more than 8000 supporters at the Grand-Place Grote Markt in Brussels city center as Belgian national football team Red

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic face a challenge keeping Belgian World Cup star Dedryck Boyata with Fulham reportedly going all out.

Meanwhile, Rodgers says his interest in Hibernian midfielder John McGinn is not over but admits things could be taken out of Celtic's hands, with Aston Villa keen to sign the Scotland worldwide.

"He is a player that we don't want to lose".

Speaking ahead of Celtic's Champions League qualifier with AEK Athens tomorrow night, Rodgers told reporters at his press conference that his club had rejected Fulham's offer as "it would be very hard for us to replace him at this late stage".

"He has been a fantastic player for me in my time here and he had an excellent World Cup when he played".

"Yes, we have had a few enquiries and there was a confirmed bid by Fulham for him".

"He is clearly a player of value".

The upcoming deadline for transfers in Scotland makes it unlikely that any future bid would be accepted, regardless of its size, according to Rodgers.

The Belgium worldwide, 27, will not feature in Wednesday's Champions League third qualifying round first leg against AEK Athens.

When asked if Celtic would be unwilling to consider any more bids for him, Rodgers said: "No, because it would be very hard for us to replace him at this late stage".

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