DEDRYCK BOYATA could come back onto the radar of Olympiakos in next month’s transfer window.

The Celtic centre-back attracted attention from the Greek giants in summer when they rated him in the £7million bracket.

The champions, of course, rejected a bid of £9million from Fulham for the Belgian international before the Premier League deadline in August, but could be tempted to accept a smaller offer with the 28-year-old defender out of contract in June.

Boyata, who cost £1.5million from Manchester City in the summer of 2015, can talk to interested clubs in January and Olympiakos are pondering coming in for the player who attracted a lot of attention with his rocky-steady displays for his nation during the World Cup Finals in Russia in the summer.

Brendan Rodgers has not abandoned hope of the classy back-four operator staying with the Parkhead outfit, but that is looking increasingly unlikely as the clocks ticks on his contract.

Boyata was missing for his second successive Premiership game when the Hoops hammered Kilmarnock 5-1 in Glasgow yesterday with strikes from James Forrest (2), Odsonne Edouard, Mikael Lustig and Ryan Christie with Eamonn Brophy getting his side’s consolation from the penalty spot.

The Belgian sustained a hamstring injury in the 1-0 Betfred League Final victory over Aberdeen a week ago and also sat out the 1-1 draw against Motherwell in midweek.

He is a major doubt for the club’s final Europa League Group B game against RB Salzburg on Thursday night where a point will take Rodgers’ men through to the knock-out stages next year.


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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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