Former Hibernian attacker Tam McManus says that Dedryck Boyata’s recent performances for Celtic suggest he is eyeing a departure from the club.

Boyata, who is out of contract at the end of the season, was linked with several clubs in the summer, including Premier League outfit Fulham.

However, Celtic refused to cash-in on the player, although Boyata was keen to make the most of his positive World Cup campaign by heading to a bigger league.

Boyata, who returned from a hamstring injury on Boxing Day against Aberdeen, has seen his performances come under the microscope.

The Belgian was erratic during the Glasgow derby defeat to Rangers and was labelled one of the worst performers for Celtic during a challenging afternoon at Ibrox.

McManus, who made over 100 appearances in the top flight for Hibs, feels that Boyata’s recent performances suggest that he is already eyeing the exit door at Parkhead.

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The former Hibs forward also admitted he would consider offloading Boyata and looking for a replacement during the January transfer window.

“Dedryck Boyata is another that if a decent offer comes in, I would sell and bring in another centre-back”, McManus wrote in his column for the Herald.

“He has never convinced me and his last two performances at Aberdeen and Ibrox were shocking.

“Boyata is playing like a player with one eye on his next move which is unacceptable for a club the size of Celtic and the fans.

“I would punt him if an offer comes in.

"He is clearly not going to sign a new deal anyway.”

Boyata, who joined Celtic from Manchester City in 2015, has won nine trophies during his stay at Parkhead.