The Belgian international enjoyed probably the campaign of his career last season, as he cemented his place as a first-team player at Parkhead alongside Jozo Simunovic at the centre of defence.
The 26-year-old also proved himself to be a serious goal threat too, and he managed to score five goals in all competitions – including one against Rangers at Ibrox.
Boyata was set to start the new 2017/18 season as first-choice again, but after suffering what looked like a twisted knee in the friendly against Slavia Prague earlier this week, Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies has confirmed via Clyde 1’s Gordon Duncan that it’ll be months, rather than weeks, before he’s fully-fit again:
Chris Davies confirms Dedryck Boyata is facing around 3 months out with a knee injury.
— Gordon Duncan (@gordonduncan7) July 7, 2017
So, at the very least, Boyata will miss the Champions League qualifiers, and most of the competition’s group stages, should the Hoops make it.
Could this prompt Brendan Rodgers to make another move in the transfer market?