Marc Wilmots gives advice to recent Celtic signing Dedryck Boyata, hints at potential call-up

Marc Wilmots claims Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata can earn a call up to the Belgium squad.

Belgium manager Marc Wilmots says Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata can play himself into contention for a call-up, as quoted by The Scottish Sun.

Boyata, 24, joined Celtic from Manchester City earlier this summer, replacing his compatriot Jason Denayer having struggled for first team football at the Etihad Stadium.

Expected to play a vital role under Ronny Deila this coming season, Boyata has the chance to rebuild his reputation - and in the process, put himself back in the reckoning for call-up to the Belgian national team.

Boyata has just one cap to his name for Belgium, making his debut almost five years ago under previous manager Georges Leekens.

Current boss Marc Wilmots has yet to give Boyata a chance, but has admitted that the player's move to Celtic was a 'very good idea' - and advised him to keep playing well for Celtic in order to earn a recall, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

"It was a very good idea for Dedryck to go to Celtic because he clearly wasn’t going to get much game time at Manchester City," said Wilmots. "My advice to Dedryck is to keep playing well for Celtic and we will see what happens," he added.

The comparison between Boyata and the aforementioned Denayer has been made many times since Boyata completed his move, and this is another reason why.

Denayer's exceptional displays for Celtic helped him become a Belgian international, and Boyata has been presented with the opportunity to follow suit.

Given the lack of other options at Deila's disposal, Boyata is likely to play week in and week out for Celtic - which is just what Wilmots wants from his players.

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