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Gordon suggests main challenge for Boyata at Celtic

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has stressed the need for Dedryck Boyata to settle in productively at the club.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has told the Glasgow Evening Times what he feels is the most important thing for the Bhoys defence next season.

With Jason Denayer heading back to Manchester City, Dedryck Boyata has been drafted in from the Etihad and Gordon wants to see a repeat of the close understanding, which existed between the club’s key defensive players next season.

“Last season, we had a fantastic understanding between Virgil van Dijk, Jason and me and it was really enjoyable going out there and playing with them,” he said.

“We really understood what everyone was going to do most of the time - We have a new defender coming in and it will take a little bit of time for him to bed in, but he is a top quality player.”

Celtic were impressive in attack during the last campaign and they also boasted a solid back four across all competitions.

Any defence which can keep a high ratio of clean sheets takes the pressure off of their attack, because it only takes one half chance bundled into the back of the net to win a game.

Ronny Deila would have been wary of the impact breaking up his defence from last season was going to have over the club and he deserves credit for filling in a hole in the middle of his back four quickly with Boyata’s arrival.

It’s important the Norwegian can play the new arrival alongside the club’s more experienced players throughout pre-season.

If they can quickly adapt to each other and learn about each other, it should set the club up well for the start of the competitive action next month.

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