From nowhere to parity. With just one appearances to his name in the entire first half of the season, and reports linking him with a return to Belgium via Anderlecht, Dedryck Boyata’s Celtic career appeared to be crumbling beneath him, according to the club’s official website.
And then came the renaissance. The 26-year-old has started five games in a row, netting winners against Aberdeen and St Johnstone and Brendan Rodgers has lauded his character and quality at every available opportunity of late.
“Everything's been going well so I'm enjoying it. It's like I have a point to prove,” Boyata told the club’s official website.
“I've been working very hard. This moment is very for important for me because I'm here, I want to stay here and keep playing.”
The former Manchester City defender, who largely owed his surprisingly lengthy stay at the Etihad to the fact he ticked the ‘homegrown’ box after joining the club in 2006 prior to the petrodollars.
However, after 26 largely unconvincing league appearences in his debut campaign, Boyata is proving for the first time in his career that he is worthy of a club with such stature.
He has earned his place in the squad on merit rather than his background or whether he makes the club look good on a quota. And Rodgers is reaping the rewards for his decision to give Boyata a second chance.
A point to prove? Consider it proven.