Celtic eliminated from Champions League with defeat to AEK Athens

He said during commentary: "Celtic have spent £2million on disco lights for Champions League nights and they're not even going to be there".

Boyata responded by posting a video of him receiving treatment.

The 27-year-old is refusing to discuss a new deal and The Sun claims he declared himself injured at Lennoxtown on Friday- 24 hours before Celtic's 1-0 defeat away to Hearts.

However, he was sidelined by a mystery back injury.

Celtic crashed out of the Champions League at the third round of qualifying after a disappointing 3-2 aggregate loss against Greek side AEK and as far as Chris Sutton is concerned, the blame lies with the hierarchy.

Boyata, who helped Belgium reach this summer's World Cup semi-finals, added that he was "with all my team-mates to bring the qualification".

Boyata told Belgian website DH.be: 'When I hear I've refused to play since I came back from vacation, it's wrong.

The former Celtic striker has insisted that the Hoops need to act quickly if they want to get back on track, and suggested that the starting point needs to be addressing the situation surrounding defender Dedryck Boyata who missed the game in Athens.

'Last Thursday, I hurt myself when I slipped in training and I held my leg immediately. "The plan is for him to stay here and I don't see that changing".

The Belgium worldwide, 27, did not travel with his team-mates to Greece for Tuesday's Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens.

"They signed two central defenders in January in Jack Hendry and Marvin Compper, but they haven't really produced and Dedryck has been the number one alongside young Kristoffer Ajer".

  • Marlene Weaver