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BYE BYE, BOYATA

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DEDRYCK BOYATA has kicked his last ball for Celtic with Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin announcing they have agreed a summer transfer for the Belgian international defender.

The World Cup centre-half played his final game for the champions against Steven Gerrard’s team in the 2-1 win at Parkhead, as CQN reported last month.

Boyata, 28, is out of contract next month and has been suffering a hamstring injury since the March 31 victory that has kept him on the sidelines.

With the German club’s announcement, there is little chance of a last hurrah in front of the Hoops supporters in Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final against Hearts at Hampden.

Hertha General manager Michael Preetz is quoted on BBC saying: “We have had Dedryck in our sights for some time and are fully convinced of his qualities.

HOOPS FINALE…Dedryk Boyata heads clear in his last appearance for Celtic in March.

“We are confident that he is a real reinforcement for our defence.”

Boyata added that he was “glad” to join a Hertha side that finished 11th in the Bundesliga.

He added: “The club is ambitious and has goals that I stand by and I was very impressed by how Michael Preetz tried to talk to me and showed me a clear plan.”

Signed for £1.2million from Manchester City in 2015 during Ronny Deila’s two-year reign, Boyata has made 125 appearances for the champions and been capped 16 times for his country.

Boyata was the subject of a failed £9million bid by Fulham last summer.

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