Boyata set for move to Germany
Hertha Berlin are closing in on signing Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata, according to reports.
The Celtic defender's four-year deal is up at the end of the season and he is currently free to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
Reports in Germany suggest the Belgian international's representatives are close to completing the paperwork, with Celtic supposedly left in the dark about any such talks.
Due to the 28-year-old's contract situation, they do not have to be told but only this weekend Celtic boss Neil Lennon spoke about how he still hoped to persuade Boyata to stay at Parkhead.
"I wouldn't be surprised if there is interest in him, but we are still hopeful that we can persuade him to stay," Lennon said after Saturday's goalless draw with Livingston.
Boyata joined the Hoops from Manchester City in 2015 and has played a big part in the club's back-to-back Trebles. Having already won the Scottish League Cup, they are currently on course to repeat the feat this season.
Saturday's draw leaves them needing five more points to be crowned Premiership champions – they could win the title as early as April 21 – while they will meet Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-finals on Sunday.