Celtic opinion: Two replacements for Dedryck Boyata as he looks set to leave
Dedryck Boyata has been a significant presence for the Celts this season but the 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season.
With the Hoops needing a replacement, the Daily Star has reported that the Belgian has already agreed to terms with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin. This has given Celtic a few issues.
This gives them time until the end of the season to search for a replacement. Boyata has shown just how important he is to the team, which means that they can’t be penny-pinching and need a genuine replacement.
The player needs to make a statement for the club, while at the same time be affordable. The 28-year-old has shown just how good he can be on his day, and finding a suitable replacment will be a difficult task.
The Hoops have one hand on the league. Despite, having a massive lead in the first phase, the second phase has just started.
A talented 20-year-old, the young defender is out of contract at the end of this season with Atletico Madrid and deserves a move. Talented, athletic and defensively sound; Francisco Montero has shown a lot of promise and ability over the last few years.
Tactically aware, the Spaniard has the attributes and the skill, which should allow him to thrive for Celtic, especially as a potential replacement for Dedryck Boyata. Montero is out of contract, which would mean he’s very much affordable and allow Celtic to improve in other areas.
Linked with a move to Rangers in February (Sun), a move for Tomas Kalas would also help the club move on. Celtic need a new centre-back and Kalas’ performances this season have been admirable for Bristol City.
The 25-year-old has struggled to get a first-team spot at Chelsea. But that hasn’t stopped him from making an impact elsewhere, showing signs of his potential while on loan at Fulham, FC Koln and Middlesbrough.
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He has honed his skills over the last eight odd years and has become a reliable defender for Bristol City and the Czech Republic, with 18 appearances for his national team.
Despite Chelsea’s impending transfer ban, a fee of around £5million (Sun) should be more than enough for Kalas’ services.