Date: 20th December 2017 at 12:05pm
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Celtic fans are puzzled by the rapid demise of .

A year ago the defender was mentioned as a potential captain but 2017 has saw him slip dramatically down the pecking order.

When he was suspended for the first match of the year, a Scottish Cup tie with Albion Rovers, no-one could have imagined what lay ahead.

As Dedryck Boyata grew into the side it became a case of Sviatchenko or Jozo Simunovic with the Dane rarely winning that tussle.

When the new season started opportunity knocked when Boyata was out injured but as he limped out of the away tie with Rosenborg few would have guessed that it would be his last appearance as a Celtic player.

Despite regaining his fitness Kristoffer Ajer and Nir Bitton have been picked ahead of the Dane whose two year spell with the hoops looks close to ending despite the club’s problems in central defence.