Vital Borkelmans backs Dedryck Boyata to be a success at Celtic

Dedryck Boyata is reportedly set to join Scottish Premiership champions Celtic from Premier League giants Manchester City.

Belgium assistant manager Vital Borkelmans has told The Scottish Sun that Dedryck Boyata will prove to be a success at Celtic.

According to BBC Sport, Boyata will join the Scottish Premiership champions from Manchester City in the summer transfer window.

It has been reported that Celtic will pay the Premier League giants a transfer fee of around £1.5 million for the services of the 24-year-old defender.

The Belgium international will arrive as a replacement for compatriot Jason Denayer, who was on loan at Celtic from City for the recently concluded 2014-15 season.

Borkelmans believes that Boyata will prove his worth at Celtic Park, and has revealed that he had wanted to see the defender move to the Bhoys in previous years.

“I recommended him to Celtic several times because I strongly believe in him,” Borkelmans told The Scottish Sun. “Dedryck has power and pace, has good height, can defend well and he can also play across the back four.

“He is only 24 and has so much of his career ahead of him. Celtic were extremely good for Jason Denayer last season, and now I feel they can be the same for Dedryck…

“I have been to Glasgow a lot to see Jason play and I made it clear Dedryck would be a good signing. Dedryck should know that we will come to watch him too. We hope he can perform well.”

The Sun claim that an official announcement regarding Boyata’s move from City to Celtic will be made today.

It has been reported that the Belgian checked into a Glasgow hotel and was later joined by his father Bienvenu this week.

Boyata has allegedly passed his medical at Lennoxtown and has agreed a contract until 2019.

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