Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata told the Glasgow Evening Times that two players in particular have helped him settle in at the club, along with his centre back partner Virgil van Dijk.
The duo, along with van Dijk, deserve some credit because it’s become evident quickly that the defender feels at home and that’s allowed him to produce some big pre-season performances for the club.
“He has helped to make it easy but players like Charlie Mulgrew and Efe Ambrose have been very good to me too. This is a strong squad and the players here are good enough to play Champions League football,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
Encouraging signs from the Celtic squad
Deila should be very encouraged by the signs he’s seeing in the Celtic squad in terms of players gelling together and working with each other ahead of the new season.
It’s natural for any new player at a club as big as Celtic to look around for players who are prepared to take them under their wing, make them feel comfortable and offer them a little bit of guidance.
All three players Boyata mentions above are also defensively minded individuals and it’s significant that he’s got a different type of sounding board to approach in terms of any issues he may feel he has in his game.
Someone like van Dijk could spot something during a game related to the way that Boyata is playing that a coach would miss. There doesn’t seem to be a downside in relation to his comments.