Bailly has stressed the importance for any goalkeeper in having a defence in front of him, which is well suited to dealing with mistakes that come from the ‘keeper at key times during big games.
In Virgil van Dijk and Boyata, Bailly feels Celtic have a very reliable centre back pairing which he feels will prove crucial over the course of a very long season.
“When you're a goalkeeper you like to play with a defender who has confidence and I know from left to right and in the midfield that we have experience,” he told celticfc.net.
“You saw when I made a mistake, Boyata was there and when he made a mistake I was there. These are jobs for the keeper and defender so it’s good to have.”
Good signs in Boyata
Bailly’s comments show good signs in Boyata because they prove that he’s switched on and sharp before the Scottish Premiership has even returned.
He’s looking for the danger and taking nothing for granted in terms of becoming complacent across the Celtic backline.
It will be interesting to see if he can maintain that over the course of a very long season in matches where Celtic quite often find themselves on top.
However, if there are any negative signs creeping into the mentality of the player, Deila will just as quickly whip him out of the side.
Keeping van Dijk is key
There is still time left to run in the transfer window and a good chance that van Dijk may leave the club because he represents a good investment for any team looking for a centre back.
Celtic aren’t under pressure to sell him and their chances of keeping him where he is will be significantly enhanced if the club can ensure they qualify for the Champions League.