STAN PETROV believes Dedryck Boyata will get the boot from Celtic before the August transfer window closes.

The former Hoops hero thinks there is not way back for the Belgian after his refusal to travel to Athens for the Champions League qualifier against AEK in the Olynmpic Stadium.

Boyata claimed he was injured while manager Brendan Rodgers insisted he was fit to play in the crucial encouter that saw the Parkhead men lose 2-1 to exit the tournament on a 3-2 aggregate.

Petrov envisages the central defender will be offloaded within the next fortnight. The Scottish champions have already knocked back a £9million offer for the Belgian from Fulham.

And the Bulgarian has urged to use any incoming transfer cash be given to Rodgers to finance one or possibly two replacements.

He said: “If he could have played and he didn’t then as a team-mate I will have felt let down.

“You owe it to your team-mates and the people you work with every single day.

“If you let them down then it is very difficult to come back from that and earn their trust again.

“The next step for the board and manager is to see what is right for Celtic and either sell him and bring in two other central defenders.

“There’s definitely a friction in the club, Dedryck has been very good for Celtic, he’s been a strong player for them, he’s been at the heart of the defence and he’ll be a big miss and we saw that against AEK.

“But when you lose the trust of the players and your manager, it’s very difficult to get that back.

“I hope they find the best outcome for Celtic because managers and players go, but the fans and the club stay.

“He’ll either go or remain and if he stays it’ll be very difficult, but we’ve seen a lot of twists and turns in football.”

* Petrov and Liverpool’s James Milner are organising ‘A Match for Cancer’ at Parkhead on Saturday, September 8.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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