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.