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Disappointment for Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata, positives for club

Celtic's Dedryck Boyata speaks during a press conference for the Scottish team Celtic FC on September 26, 2017 in Brussels.

Celtic defender was overlooked for Belgium - as he feared.

Celtic's Dedryck Boyata speaks during a press conference for the Scottish team Celtic FC on September 26, 2017 in Brussels.

Celtic centre-back Dedryck Boyata was called into the Belgium squad last week but warned he would not be happy if he did not play.

Boyata was not content simply to be in the Red Devils squad to make up the numbers, a positive sign that he is not getting carried away.

Unfortunately for the centre-back, the two games passed with Boyata being overlooked for selection.

Dedryck Boyata celebrates after Leigh Griffiths of Celtic scores during the William Hill Scottish Cup Fifth Round match between East Kilbride and Celtic at Excelsior Stadium on February 7,...

He was an unused substitute against Cyprus last night, and could not argue as the side kept a clean sheet in a 4-0 win.

Boyata told Nieuwsblad last week, "I'm a footballer so it would be a disappointment if I can not get into action."

The plus for Celtic fans is that Boyata will return with a point to prove, more motivated, and he is fresh after not playing.

It also meant his risk of injury was lowered, and right now he is a player Celtic cannot afford to be without.

Celtic have injury concerns ahead of their upcoming Champions League tie with Bayern Munich, and need all the defensive help they can get.

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