Chris Sutton says new Celtic signing Dedryck Boyata is similar to Bobo Balde

A former Celtic star has been speaking about their newest arrival.

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has had his say on the Bhoys’ newest signing Dedryck Boyata.

The Belgian centre-back signed a four-year deal after moving from Manchester City last week, and writing in the Daily Record, Sutton gave an honest assessment of the 24-year-old.

“Boyata is a different type of player to (former Celtic loanee) Jason Denayer and while it’s maybe an unfair comparison he looks more of a Bobo Balde type.

“He is big, quick and strong with a good pedigree. Boyata has the physique for Scottish football but the real test will come in Europe.”

Celtic’s newest arrival had been at City since 2006, where he joined as a youth player from Brussels, but despite being promoted to the first-team in 2009 Boyata made just 35 senior appearances for the Blues before heading to Scotland.

Despite featuring so sparingly to date Boyata is a class act, and with regular first-team football looming at Celtic, we could be about to see just how good he is when he is played week in, week out.

Sutton certainly feels he has the quality to succeed in Scotland, and if he can take that form into Europe too, and go on to make as many appearances as Balde did for the club, who knows what Ronny Deila’s side can go on to achieve?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch