FORMER Celtic striker Andy Walker has urged the club to sell Dedryck Boyata.

And the ex-Hoops favourite of Billy McNeill’s centenary team reckons the Belgian’s colleagues “cannot trust him”.

Boyata was awol as Brendan Rodgers’ men crashed out of the Champions League in Athens last night. The player claimed he was injured, but the manager insisted he was perfectly fit.

Fulham had a £9million bid for Boyata turned down before the transfer window closed and Walker, now a media pundit, thinks that was a mistake.

He said: “You have got a big problem with Dedryck Boyata, who has refused to play for the club.

“If I was a team-mate of his, you know that you cannot trust him.

“Team spirit is very important and, if you have got someone refusing to play, you have got to get them out the door.

“Clearly, it was a mistake to refuse the £9million from Fulham.

“Boyata had a decent World Cup. He can go to a club on the continent, but I am sure it won’t be anything like the £9million Fulham offered.

“But you have got to get a player who picks and chooses his games out the door, he is absolutely no use to Celtic at all.”

The Hoops lost 2-1 at AEK Athens to exit Europe’s premier tournament on a 3-2 aggregate – and Walker says the club have not done enough to strengthen.

Odsonne Edouard has joined on a permanent deal, but he was on loan last season and brand-new arrivals likely to make a major impact have been thin on the ground.

Walker added: “Celtic are standing still and Rangers aren’t, they will be better under Steven Gerrard. And Hearts are much better than last season.

“This was entirely avoidable. For Celtic not to have done any business in the transfer market up until this point is really poor judgement, it is very amateurish.

“You cannot get away from the air of negativity that surrounds Celtic at the moment.”

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