You never really know what you are going to get with Dedryck Boyata. Celtic’s Belgian centre-back is capable of dominant defensive displays but a crucial, game-changing howler near seems too far away.
In truth, he creates the sort of worry that Celtic fans really do not need ahead of an already daunting Europa League last-32 clash with Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg next week.
Boyata was one of the poorest performers as Celtic just about stumbled their way into the Europa League by way of one win and five defeats in their Champions League group.
The 27-year-old featured in five of the six games and made a disastrous mistake in the narrow home defeat to Bayern Munich before starting the 7-1 humiliation away at PSG a few weeks later.
And even though Celtic are a little light at the back right now with Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic suffering blows of late and Erik Sviatchenko on loan in Denmark, it appears much of the Parkhead faithful aren’t exactly concerned by the news that Boyata will miss next Thursday’s first-leg with a groin injury, as reported by the Daily Record.
Roberto Mancini's Zenit have been one of the hottest sides in the Europa League this season, ranking as the tournament’s most prolific side with 17 to their name.
But, in the eyes of some supporters, Celtic’s chances of keeping them off the scoresheet have been boosted by Boyata’s absence.
Glad there's some good news today get the young boy from Dundee in if fit . This buying players and no playing them. Ryan Christie Scott Allan both outstanding but never got a look in ..— Fools Gold (@coolyourbootzz) February 8, 2018
Yassss— marco#JFT96 (@connon1888) February 8, 2018
We can get by without Dedryk Boyata for the Zenit game. We’ve got.......em, eh.....Nir Bitton..........aye, Nir Bitton!— Celtic (@Con_Shaunnery) February 8, 2018
That's a positive.— Der Stench Kaput (@Derstenchnewco) February 8, 2018
I see Boyata has been ruled out of the Zenit match. Celtic already thin enough at the back.— John Bradshaw (@JBLuvsCeltic) February 8, 2018
That's a bonus— 67__Tommy (@Lisbon__067) February 6, 2018
Boyata is not a blow— Der Stench Kaput (@Derstenchnewco) February 6, 2018worr