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Shay Given comments on Celtic star Dedryck Boyata.

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...

Shay Given comments on Celtic star Dedryck Boyata.

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,...

Shay Given has told The Scottish Sun that he feels sympathy for Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata for the amount of injuries that he has suffered in recent seasons.

According to Transfermarkt, Boyata, a £1.5 million signing from Manchester City in 2015 (according to The Scottish Sun), has missed 199 days for Celtic from five different injuries, the equivalent of 49 matches.

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The Belgian centre-back has been fit since September after recovering from the knee problem that sidelined him for the Hoops' Champions League qualifiers during the summer.

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...

And Given, who played alongside the 27-year-old at the Etihad Stadium, admits that he feels sorry for his old team-mate for his injury struggles.

He told The Scottish Sun: "He’s had his fair share of injuries and I’ve had a lot of sympathy for Dedryck.

“Now, though, he’s showing how good he is and I’m delighted for him. I was probably shouting the head off him when I was the City keeper!

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,...

“But that was the case with any defender — they all get the same off me. I just tried to help and guide Dedryck. At City he was the same calm, composed defender and very comfortable on the ball, as he is at Celtic.”

Boyata has come in for a bit of stick off Celtic fans in recent weeks but it's clear that he and Jozo Simunovic are Brendan Rodgers's best two centre-halves - for now anyway.

There is a rumour doing the rounds that the Northern Irishman is interested in signing Marvin Compper - according to The Daily Mail - and the 32-year-old RB Leipzig defender would certainly represent strong competition for both of those two.

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