Dedryck Boyata claims playing for Celtic has helped him rediscover his love for football

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The 25-year-old has featured regularly for the Scottish Premiership leaders this season.

Dedryck Boyata has claimed that playing regularly for Celtic has helped him rediscover his passion and love for the game, The Scottish Sun reports.

The 25-year-old was a product of the Manchester City academy but failed to make an impression at the Etihad, making just a handful of first-team appearances for the club before his £1.5m move to Parkhead last summer (via The Scottish Sun). 

And while his career previously looked as if it may fizzle out before it ever really got going, the switch to the Scottish Premiership champions has provided the Belgian - who also enjoyed loan spells at Bolton Wanderers and Twente - with an opportunity to prove that he could deliver on his potential.

And Boyata explained that joining the Bhoys has proved to be the perfect move for his career.

"At Celtic I feel that I am an important part of a team for the first time in my career," he told The Scottish Sun.

"In previous years I just had the chance to play a few games, and not necessarily the important ones, to show what I can do.

"Now I play every week, I have got into a rhythm.

"I didn't expect to play as much as I have done but my body has become accustomed to matches.

"I have rediscovered my love for football playing every week, taking part in a cup semi-final and being top of the league."

With Virgil van Dijk departing for Southampton, Boyata certainly had big shoes to fill when he arrived at Celtic Park. However, it is clear that Ronny Deila has plenty of faith in him as only free-scoring striker Leigh Griffiths has started more games for the club in the league this term. 

And with Boyata realising how much he is enjoying playing regular football, it seems unlikely that he will take his opportunity for granted, and thus, Celtic supporters can expect to see a player giving everything to ensure that they enjoy as much success as possible.

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