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Coyle describes Boyata's stand-out quality and 'real threat'

The former manager of Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata has described the exciting sort of player fans can look forward to.

The former manager of Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata, Owen Coyle, told the Glasgow Evening Times what he feels is the stand-out quality of the defender.

The Bhoys announced a deal for Boyata earlier this week and Coyle feels that he can add a real presence to Ronny Deila’s back four, as he embarks on life as a Celtic player.

“His physical presence is the obvious stand-out quality and Dedryck is a real threat in the opposition box at set-pieces,” he said.

“But the big lad also has great technique - you would not be on Manchester City's books so long if you didn't have it - and pace, too.”

Boyata is at a massive club and he’ll have to get used to the pressure of representing Celtic very quickly, while taking on a number of new challenges.

He’ll have to get mentally prepared for an earlier return to pre-season than he’s been used to so far in his career, as well as earlier pre-season games.

He’ll also have to prepare himself for the fight to get a first team place under the club’s Norwegian boss.

Deila is a manager who likes to make his players work hard for first team game time. He will challenge the player to show him why he deserves to have a first team place.

If he can rise to that challenge then he can get himself up to speed through pre-season and quickly adjust to the style and tactics of his new team for when the competitive action gets underway.

If he can add a few goals along the way by utilising the threat that Coyle feels he has at the top of the team, that simply justifies the suggestion that Celtic have got a coup with this deal.

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