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BOYATA BACK IN THE FOLD

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DEDRYCK BOYATA trained with the Celtic first team yesterday as Brendan Rodgers plans ahead for Thursday’s Europa League play-off against Suduva in Lithuania.

The Belgian was a no-show in Athens last week as the Hoops crashed out of the Champions League 3-2 on aggregate.

It looked as though the 27-year-old centre-back’s career at Parkhead was over after he claimed he was injured and Rodgers insisted he was fit to play.

However, the champions’ boss revealed there could still be a future for the player provided he first apologised to his team-mates.

Boyata, who was the subject of a £9million bid from Fulham before the Premier League window closed earlier this month, is expected to be in Rodgers’ travelling squad for Lithuania for the first leg encounter.

Relations between the manager and player took a downturn last week when his agent, Jacques Litchenstein publicly declared his client, who has 10 months still to run on his contract, would effectively be downing tools in order to prevent himself being injured.

However, it appears there has been a reconciliation and Boyata could make his first appearance of the season against Suduva.

 
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