Week to forget for Celtic as 'proper Hearts' return

Harry Cochrane and Kyle Lafferty

According to the Mail Online, the Belgium international's agent, Jacques Lichtenstein, turned up to Celtic's training ground prior to their clash with Hearts demanding a meeting with Brendan Rodgers.

He said: "I haven't had dealings with Dedryck's agent, it has all been through the club".

"My concentration is really on the players that are going to play and are going to be fit to play in Athens". The club have been in negotiation with Dedryck's agent from previous year.

Rodgers told BBC Sport after the match against Hearts: "The club were trying to organise a deal, but Dedryck's agent wasn't so keen for him to sign a deal before the World Cup, which you can understand".

"We will see over the next couple of days".

"Obviously now there have been one or two offers for him", he said. "Of course we want quality players but there's still improvement in this squad, this team, lots of young players so we'll continue to work with and improve them", he said.

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He said: "He wanted to speak to me at 10am". That's where it is at.

Addressing Boyata's future, he added: "He is such a good player, and we don't want to lose him at this stage".

The Scottish champions suffered a surprise 1-0 loss in their second game of the Scottish Premier League season to Hearts, thanks to Kyle Lafferty's goal, as they look to secure a third consecutive domestic treble. We have to be able to cope with that. Hearts have spent £1m on a new hybrid pitch since the end of the season, although manager Craig Levein acknowledged the playing surface was still "a bit long" prior to this weekend's game.

Hearts' Kyle Lafferty celebrates at full time. It's up to owner Ann Budge and Rangers - or whoever else is interested in me.

"I am absolutely positive he could do both but today he did make changes and it was another thing, along with our form, along with recent performances here against Celtic - positive thoughts for us to go into the game absolutely believing we had a chance of winning".

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