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Roberto Martinez Hails Dedryck Boyata After Belgium Call-Up

Roberto Martinez Hails Dedryck Boyata After Belgium Call-Up

Roberto Martinez has hailed Dedryck Boyata after handing the Celtic defender a Belgium call-up.

The former Manchester City man has been a standout for the Hoops over recent months after being brought into Brendan Rodgers’ team.

He missed the first half of the season because of an injury and it looked doubtful that he’d play for the club again after failing to really impress in his first campaign.

But Boyata has improved dramatically, offering a commanding presence at the back alongside Erik Sviatchenko.

His strong form has helped Celtic continue their 35-game unbeaten domestic run and he’s also chipped in with two goals.

So it should come as no surprise that Boyata has been earning the praise of Martinez after getting an international call for Belgium’s two upcoming games against Greece and Russia.

Speaking at his press conference yesterday, via Twitter, Martinez said: “I watched Dedryck in the Old Firm game last week in Scotland.

“He did well, he’s in a good place right now and he deserves a chance to show me what he can do in these two games.”

It’s a big boost for Boyata to get that international call as reward for his strong form with Celtic recently.

He has a lot of defensive competition in Brendan Rodgers’ squad, with Sviatchenko, Jozo Simunovic and Kolo Toure all able to play at centre back.

But if the impressive form continues then he should have no problem keeping his place in a Celtic team looking more and more confident with each game.

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