Dedryck Boyata was a key player during Brendan Rodgers reign at the club but the Belgian international departed Parkhead almost four years ago.

He was signed during the summer of 2015 under the watch of Ronny Deila from Manchester City but failed to make too much of an impression as the Hoops went on to win the Scottish Premiership.

He didn’t begin to regularly feature for Brendan Rodgers until January 2017 when he established a solid defensive partnership alongside Jozo Simunovic which would help the Hoops go on to become Treble winning Invincibles. The pick of his goals that season came against Rangers at Ibrox in the 5-1 derby victory.

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Dedryck Boyata
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Following that season, he would continue to play a key role in defence until a fallout meant he missed Celtic’s crucial Champions League matches against AEK Athens.

Fans showed their distain for the defender on his return for the side as he ironically scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory against Hamilton Academical [BBC Sport].

As he didn’t leave the Hoops during the summer window he would depart the following summer on a free transfer and made the switch to Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin.

He spent three years in Germany and was eventually given the captain’s armband but was sold after helping keep his side in the league after beating Hamburg in the play-offs to avoid the drop.

Boyata then made the move to Belgium to Club Brugge where he may come up against Benfica in the last 16 of the Champions League this week.



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