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Roberto Mancini regretful over Celtic's Dedryck Boyata absence

Dedryck Boyata of Celtic reacts during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Celtic defender played under Roberto Mancini at Manchester City.

Celtic's Dedryck Boyata celebrates winning the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Roberto Mancini has revealed to The Daily Record that he is disappointed for Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata after being ruled out of Thursday's Europa League clash with Zenit St Petersburg.

Mancini's side face the Hoops at Parkhead tomorrow night in the first leg of a last-32 clash.

The Italian manager personally knows a handful of Celtic boys after working with Scott Sinclair, Olivier Ntcham and Boyata at Manchester City.

Dedryck Boyata of Celtic reacts during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ntcham, who was 17 when Mancini left, never played during that era, but the other two were highly-rated prospects at Eastlands at the time.

Sinclair will be available for a reunion, but the Belgian defender has been ruled out through injury, and the 53-year-old admits he is sorry that Boyata won't be around.

“I’m sorry Boyata won’t play but they have many excellent players. They’ve had a few injuries recently – but for a club like Celtic this will not affect them," he told The Daily Record.

Manchester City's Belgian  defender Dedryck Boyata (2L) is shown the red card by Referee Mark Clattenburg (2R) during the English Premier League football match against Arsenal at The City...

“We’ll have a difficult match despite their injuries. It won’t affect the intensity of their game.”

Celtic fans probably won't share Mancini's disappointment. Reason being, Boyata has been a disaster in recent months and although the same applies to other Bhoys - most notably Jozo Simunovic - you get the impression that the 27-year-old would have struggled in a big way.

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