Former Celtic player and manager Davie Hay has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he’s impressed by the way Dedryck Boyata has settled in at the club.
Boyata has already been installed as a key feature in the Celtic back four ahead of the Scottish Premiership returning, with an impressive performance in the Champions League first leg qualifying win over FC Stjarnan.
Hay has suggested that manager Ronny Deila deserves credit for finding an effective player to come in and fill the difficult void created when Jason Denayer headed back to parent club Manchester City earlier in the season.
“Dedryck Boyata looks as though he has fitted in seamlessly, and the fact he marked his home debut with a goal will mean that he gets a bit of a lift,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“With Jason Denayer away, it was important that whoever took over was capable to slot in quickly, and I think Dedryck looks assured in there.”
Importance of a settled back four
It’s very important that Deila is able to create and benefit from a settled back four over the next ten months.
If he can select players consistently, with Boyata playing in the middle, his team will have a better chance of keeping clean sheets and accumulating victories.
Partnerships can develop and the understanding between players should also improve, which will help to make Celtic a very difficult side to break down.
Confidence and momentum
Boyata’s good start means he’ll have confidence and is building momentum ahead of the new season.
He should have a spring in his step by the time the more intense competitive matches come around, which should give him a good chance of dealing with the fresh challenges he’ll face in Scottish football.