Dedryck Boyata opens up on friendship with reported Celtic transfer target Michael O'Halloran

Dedryck Boyata has spoken highly of Michael O'Halloran.

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata has admitted to The Scottish Sun that he talks to St. Johnstone hotshot Michael O'Halloran whenever he can after the pair were at Bolton together.

Boyata, a summer signing for Celtic from Manchester City following the departure of Jason Denayer, has been a regular under Ronny Deila this season despite some ups and downs for the Belgian.

Today, the centre back will line up in the Bhoys defence as they face a trip to take on St. Johnstone, with Celtic looking for another victory as they pursue a fifth straight Scottish Premiership title.

They will though face off against former Bhoys youth ace Michael O'Halloran, who has been in outstanding form for St. Johnstone this season.

The 24-year-old forward has hit four goals in 19 games this term, and recent reports from The Scottish Sun have suggested that Celtic are in fact looking to re-sign him in January.

Speaking after the rumours and ahead of today's game again O'Halloran, one of his former team-mates - Celtic ace Boyata - has given a resounding verdict on the player.

The pair were at Bolton together before their careers took them to Scotland, and Boyata has told The Scottish Sun that they still speak to each other when possible, whilst he also feels that O'Halloran is a 'really good player', and has everything to become a top player.

"I know Michael well. We played together at Bolton. He is a very good player," said Boyata. "I followed him for the first year he came here, and I talk with him whenever I can. He is a really good player. He definitely had the potential at Bolton, you could see the promise he had."

"I was in the first team but it was harder for him because he was just coming through and there were a lot of big names in front of him. It was difficult for him. We had Martin Petrov, Tuncay and Kevin Davies just to name a few. I played with him in a few reserve games and you could see he was a player."

"I remember him as being a really quick player and he could finish also. He certainly has what you need to be a success. We played in the same team in Bolton but I didn’t speak to him before I joined Celtic because we weren’t in touch quite like that. But if I see him in the street we will talk," he added.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch