Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata to go on strike as Hoops block move

Brendan Rodgers Manager of Celtic acknowledges the fans after the first leg UEFA Champions League Qualifier match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park Stadium

Brendan Rodgers Manager of Celtic acknowledges the fans after the first leg UEFA Champions League Qualifier match between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park Stadium

All I want is for us to improve every aspect of the club.

Boyata's agent Jacques Lichtenstein yesterday accused Celtic of failing to make good on pledges that they would co-operate over a transfer for his client, with Seville, Lazio and Lyon all credited with an interest in the player. So that's the honest situation.

"There have been one or two offers for him but if we lose a centre-half of that quality at this vital stage, we have to replace him".

"Dedryck is disappointed because he has been made promises that have not been kept".

"That's where it's at, but he is a player we don't want to lose".

Rodgers told BBC Sport after the match against Hearts: "The club were trying to organise a deal, but Dedryck's agent wasn't so keen for him to sign a deal before the World Cup, which you can understand".

Lichtenstein, who turned up at Lennoxtown on Friday demanding showdown talks with Rodgers, effectively said Boyata was downing tools in protest at "broken promises" over his future. Meeting requests have been refused.

Hearts forward Kyle Lafferty says it is up to his club and suitors Rangers to "work something out" as his future remains uncertain.

He also liked a comment from a fan pleading for him to join the Spanish outfit, who were one of many clubs fighting for the Celtic defender's signature.

BRENDAN RODGERS has dismissed reports he is ready to quit Celtic following frustrations in the summer transfer market.

With Kristoffer Ajer suspended, Boyata was due for a key role against AEK Athens in the second leg of the Champions League qualifier.

On being asked about the rumours of his exit, Lafferty said: "It's nice to have teams like Rangers interested in me - I think everyone knows I'm a Rangers supporter - but obviously it's up to the two clubs to work something out".

"My concentration is really on the players that are going to play and are going to be fit to play and see if we can go out there and meet the challenge and get the result".

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