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Celtic's Dedryck Boyata comments on repeated Motherwell games

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,...

Celtic will have faced Stephen Robinson's side three times in six days by Saturday evening.

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,...

Dedryck Boyata has told The National it is "crazy" that Celtic are forced to play Motherwell three times in a row.

By Saturday evening, Celtic will have faced Stephen Robinson's side on three occasions in six days.

The first meeting in that run came on Sunday when the Hoops defeated the Fir Park side 2-0 in a League Cup final at Hampden Park, in which Scott Sinclair caused controversy after being accused of diving to win a penalty in an incident which saw Cedric Kipre sent off.

Celtic's Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata (R) fights for the ball with Paris Saint-Germain's French defender Layvin Kurzawa (L) during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match...

There was already an element of bad blood in this fixture dating back to last season when Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers slammed Ryan Bowman for a horrendous challenge on young left-back Kieran Tierney.

With that in mind, tonight's trip to Fir Park might well be another fiery encounter for both sides as the renewed hostility promises to spill over from Sunday's showpiece.

If so, it could add even more spice to Saturday's clash between the teams at Parkhead, and the former Manchester City youth believes it's not a great look for Scottish football.

“To play three matches in a row against the same team? It is crazy, I would say it is crazy,” Boyata, a £1.5 million signing in 2015, told The National. “But we have to do it. I am not going to complain or whatever.

Scott Brown consoles Dedryck Boyata of Celtic following during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern Muenchen at Celtic Park on October 31, 2017 in Glasgow,...

“It doesn’t look good. I think it will be a hard game, we know from the final that Motherwell are a good team and a hard team to play against.

“They have just lost the cup. They will want to win that game and make it difficult for us."

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