Boyata fully focused on Celtic after Euros disappointment

Dedryck Boyata celebrates after scoring the second goal for Celtic

The centre-back missed this summer's showpiece event in France due to injury.

Dedryck Boyata celebrates after scoring the second goal for CelticDedryck Boyata is back in action after an injury lay-off

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata has told the club's official website that he is now fully focused on his future after a disappointing summer that saw injuries rule him out of making Belgium's Euro 2016 squad.

Boyata returned to first team action over the weekend during Celtic's International Champions Cup clash against Inter Milan, a game the Bhoys lost 2-0.

The Belgian defender managed to play 45 minutes on his comeback, and he is now focused on helping Celtic and getting know new manager Brendan Rodgers better, having only returned to full training last week.

Football Soccer - UEFA European Championship 2016 - Belgium training session - Knokke-Heist, BelgiumBoyata missed out on the Euros

"It’s been a long time and it feels good to be back on the pitch and be able to kick the ball in front of the fans. I’m happy.

“It’s been really frustrating but I have got over it."

Celtic's Dedryck Boyata (2nd L) celebrates scoring their second with Jozo Simunovic (L), Efe Ambrose (2R) and Scott Brown (R)Celtic's Dedryck Boyata 

“I had to work hard and it was mentally tough for the people around me as it should have been the best two months of my life but it wasn’t. Now it’s about thinking of the future and I keep going.

“I just have to take things step by step. Of course, I want to be back on the pitch as quickly as possible. I got 45 minutes on Saturday and we have to see how it goes in the following days and weeks. I feel good but you don’t want to over-step it.

Celtic got off to a positive start to the new season by winning their Scottish Premiership opener against Hearts 2-1 at Tynecastle.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersRodgers' side take on Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the Playoff Round of the Champions League this week

Their fixture against Partick Thistle was postponed over the weekend in order to fit in their Champions Cup game against Inter, but now focus is back on competitive action with the Playoff Round of the Champions League to come on Wednesday.

The Bhoys take on Israeli club Hapoel Be'er Sheva, who are now the only club that stand in their way of making it to the Champions League proper.

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