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Former teammate warns Boyata: You'll be surprised by this at Celtic

A former teammate of new Celtic signing Dedryck Boyata has warned the defender not to get complacent following a move to Parkhead.

St Johnstone striker Michael O’Halloran has told the Daily Record why Celtic new boy Dedryck Boyata may be surprised following his move to Celtic.

O’Halloran was a teammate alongside Boyata when the pair played for Bolton Wanderers and he’s warned his old colleague that the standard in Scottish football is much higher than he may be anticipating.

“A lot of players coming from England are genuinely surprised by the standard of the Scottish Premiership,” he said.

“That is the main problem you face down south with regards to Scottish football. Boyata will soon learn the quality and standard of player in Scotland is far better than he probably expected.”

Celtic and manager Ronny Deila deserve credit for sorting out the matter of a new defender very quickly.

There was always going to be a big hole to fill when Jason Denayer went back to Manchester City and with the danger of losing Virgil van Dijk hanging over the head of the Parkhead club.

Fortunately, they now have some cover in the form of a talented young player who will be looking to get his career back on track.

Boyata will have a number of challenges as he settles down to life at the club, one of which will be getting used to the constant pressure and demands of representing Celtic.

The Bhoys are a massive club and one used to success and Boyata needs to be at the top of his game when he features in competitive action.

If he makes a mistake, he may also be surprised by the level of criticism and negativity which comes his way, but all in all, this is a good piece of business.

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