Dedryck Boyata can't wait to make debut in Champions League tie with Stjarnan

The former Manchester City defender is looking forward to featuring at a packed Celtic Park.

New Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata is preparing to make his Bhoys debut tonight at Celtic Park against FC Stjarnan, and he has told the club's website that he is hugely excited at the prospect.

Boyata joined from Manchester City this summer after spending nine years in the Premier League, and the 24-year-old revealed he is determined to enjoy a strong run in Europe's premier compeition as the Scottish Champions kick off their Champions League run in the qualifier with the minnows from Iceland.

“I’m really looking forward,” the centre back told the Bhoys website. “Celtic is a big club, a huge club, and playing in Europe is such an important thing. I am excited about it and looking to go as far as possible in the competition with Celtic.

“I have never been in a full stadium at Celtic Park, but from what I have heard, it’s unbelievable."

Celtic face an Icelandic side in a qualifier for the second successive season, having beaten KR Reykjavik at the same stage in Ronny Deila's debut campaign as manager last year.

Despite Boyata's struggle to play first team football at City, and the various loan spells he took in while at the club, the Belgian does have some European experience under his belt, both from his time with the Citizens and while at FC Twente in 2013.

As the Hoops go further and further on in the competition, Boyata may prove his importance at the back alongside Virgil van Dijk.

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