Dedryck Boyata reacts to Celtic debut, eyes long-term Van Dijk partnership

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The former Manchester City defender played his first Celtic game in a friendly on Wednesday night.

Dedryck Boyata is pleased with how his Celtic debut panned out, according to the club's official Twitter feed.

The 24-year-old played his first game for the Bhoys on Wednesday night - a friendly against Den Bosch. Ronny Deila's men won 2-0 and several fringe players got to show what they are made of, including the likes of Liam Henderson and Tom Rogic.

Boyata also got to make an impression - for the first time in a Celtic shirt.

And the former Manchester City defender is pleased the Hoops could register a win and perform well.

Meanwhile, the ex-Manchester City man also praised his partnership with Virgil van Dijk - and is eyeing a long-term union with the Dutchman.

That comes despite Van Dijk being heavily linked with a Celtic exit this summer. The defender has been linked with a move to Sunderland by the Chronicle, as well as other clubs by other media outlets - although recent noise has quietened.

Van Dijk therefore looks like he could stay with the Bhoys until the Champions League qualifiers at the very least. And former Manchester City centre-back Boyata wants to play more and more games alongside him.

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