Dedryck Boyata says Celtic have healthy support in Belgium

The former Manchester City defender made a solid start to his Bhoys career after scoring on his debut against Stjarnan.

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata has revealed to the club's website that it isn't just the British Isles that have their fair share of Bhoys fans, but that the Glasgow outfit are a team followed by countries throughout Europe.

Though it is somewhat understandable that the Swedes or Slovakians would have a soft spot for Celtic after the careers of Parkhead legends Henrik Larsson and Lubomir Moravcik, there isn't much of a reason to connect Belgians to the club, aside from its general outstanding reputation and renown. Defender Joos Valgaeren is the only other notable Belgian to have played international football while at the club, aside from Jason Denayer, and he was hardly a superstar in his own country.

But the former Manchester City man stated that there are plenty of Belgians that consider themselves Bhoys fans, while describing that there is even some Celtic support within his own extended family, as his wife's grandfather follows the Hoops.

“My wife’s grandfather is a fan of Celtic and told me a few bits about the club in Europe," he told the club website. "He’s from Belgium but he’s a fan of Celtic and knows all about the club, just like my agent.

“You would be amazed about the amount of Celtic fans in Belgium. He has told me about how they won the Champions League – and also about the whisky over here as well!”

And there may well be a few more fans after the centre back put in an impressive debut performance for the Celts, the season after fellow Belgian Jason Denayer won Scotland's Young Player of the Year award at Celtic Park.

Boyata had been discussing how much he was looking forward to playing for Celtic in the Champions League qualifier against Stjarnan, a game that ended up being a particularly successful match for the Belgian.

The 24-year-old opened the scoring for his new side when he headed home a corner at the end of the first half, with Stefan Johansen turning the match into a 2-0 result when he finished ten minutes after half time.

It could be the start of another wonderful relationship between the club and a young Belgian defender.

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