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Profit Players: Dedryck Boyata

Profit Players: Dedryck Boyata

Celtic supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their team reclaim their place at the summit of the Scottish Premiership on Wednesday night.

Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their clash with Motherwell off the back of losing 2-0 to Hibernian a few days earlier, and thus sought to bounce back when they hosted Stephen Robinson’s side on Wednesday. And the Bhoys did just that as goals from Anthony Ralston, Scott Sinclair, and Mikey Johnston sealed a routine 3-0 success for the home side, thus seeing them move above Kilmarnock and Rangers into top spot in the table.

As such, there have been many delighted Celtic fans up and down the country in recent times, with centre back Dedryck Boyata one man in particular who has come in for praise recently such have been his high-level performances in Rodgers’ side.

The Belgium international may not have featured this month due to a hamstring problem but prior to that had been a stalwart in Rodgers’ backline, with this fourth successive campaign at Parkhead after making the move from Manchester City back in 2015.

And with City boss-at-the-time Manuel Pellegrini only able to get a measly £1.8 million (as per Transfermarkt) for the 28-year-old, it’s pretty clear that Celtic have been the only real winners from the Chilean’s decision to let him leave the Etihad Stadium.

Ultimately, Boyata came up through the ranks at City but found first team football hard to come by in the North West, appearing just 35 times in all for the Citizens between 2009 and 2015, with loan spells at Bolton Wanderers and FC Twente littering his testing time at the Etihad Stadium.

And Chilean Pellegrini, off the back of leading City to second place in the Premier League in 2014/15, saw fit to let the defender leave in a bid to get his career going, and he has certainly done just that by becoming a lynchpin at Scottish giants Celtic.

The 28-year-old appeared 42 times in all competitions under Ronny Deila in his first season at Parkhead to help the Bhoys to yet another Scottish Premiership title, before backing that up with 22 appearances the season after as Rodgers took the reins, and subsequently led the team to an unbeaten domestic campaign.

And Boyata has since become an even more integral member of the Northern Irishman’s squad at Celtic Park having appeared 39 times last term as they again won the domestic treble, while he had started 11 league games in a row this time round prior to suffering a hamstring injury at the start of the month.

Yes, the Belgian ace didn’t endear himself greatly to Celtic fans during the summer following a reported refusal to play for the club amid interest from Fulham, but he has since got his head down and produced the goods for the Bhoys – he is arguably the number one centre back at Parkhead.

And having lured him to the club for just £1.8 million back in 2015, and having got a great deal for that lowly price-tag, there is little doubt that Celtic benefitted hugely from Pellegrini’s call to cash in on the centre back while in charge of Man City.

Celtic fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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