Dedryck Boyata has been quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times providing a description of the sort of defender fans can get used to watching next season.
Boyata has been confirmed as a new signing under manager Ronny Deila and the player certainly feels he’s got the attributes to make a real difference for the team next year.
It will be interesting to see if Deila throws Boyata straight into the backline in pre-season or whether he opts to challenge the player, making him work to get his place in the starting line-up.
“I am a good centre back who is strong and quick and can win headers,” he said.
“I haven't only played Under 21 football but it's the first time the season stars so early for me. That will be different and I will need to change my pre-season and work harder.”
Scottish football is very competitive and while Celtic have a quality edge against a lot of teams they play against frequently, they need to be prepared to get stuck in and do the ugly physical work.
Boyata’s natural strength and bulk will work in his favour because they will make him a difficult player to get the better of.
The burst of pace he has over the first five to ten yards is also important because it will allow Celtic to maintain a higher defensive line, meaning they can take more risks.
The earlier start of the Scottish season shouldn’t be anything that causes too many serious problems for Celtic’s new boy.
If anything, it should work in favour of him and the club, allowing him to get his teeth into things quickly and learn about the formations and systems that Deila likes to use.