Boyata shrugs off key question related to Celtic move

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Dedryck Boyata gave a bullish answer when he was asked if he needed advice over his move to Celtic.

Celtic new boy Dedryck Boyata has responded to a question from the Glasgow Evening Times over whether he needed advice before committing to a move to Parkhead.

The defender has been announced as a new signing shortly after the close of the last campaign, as Ronny Deila looks to give himself extra options in defence moving forward.

However, he’s suggested that the potential and the benefits of playing for the Scottish champions are not something which needed to be sold in terms of his decision making.

“Did I ask advice about my move? I'm old enough not to need to ask advice,” he said.

“He (Vincent Kompany) was a help to me in my youth career and Vincent is a good friend. He plays my position too and I think if he had the same decision to make as me he'd have done this.”

Deila deserves some credit because he’s nipped a potentially difficult issue relating to his back four in the bud.

Jason Denayer’s return to Manchester City and the chance that Virgil van Dijk could leave, creates the potential of a hold developing across Celtic’s backline.

The Norwegian would be under heavy pressure to patch up the defence, which was one of the strongest areas of the team last season, but part of the hard work has already been done.

Deila will make it perfectly clear as to what he expects from the new player and the sort of commitment he’ll need to nail down a defensive position in pre-season, heading into the return of the competitive action.

Celtic are a massive club and that’s something Boyata seems to have realised from the outset.

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