Dedryck Boyata has retained his place in the Belgium squad despite their recent struggles.
The Celtic defender wasn’t a popular man among supporters last Sunday when he casually let Josh Windass strip him of possession before firing Rangers in front at Ibrox.
Boyata wasn’t particularly convincing afterwards – and proved that it might not be a good idea to throw him straight into such a big game after a month out with injury.
He hadn’t played since limping out of the Scottish Premiership defeat to Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on February 3rd.
But Belgium manager Roberto Martinez doesn’t seem to care about Boyata’s recent struggles – naming him in the national team squad for their upcoming friendly against Saudi Arabia:
📄 #REDTOGETHER 🇧🇪
Our squad list for the friendly vs @SaudiFF 🇸🇦 !
Join us ! 😉
— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) March 16, 2018
With his inclusion coming after regularly making the Belgium squad this season, you’d have to fancy Boyata to be involved when his country go to Russia for the World Cup in the summer.
For Celtic and Boyata, that’s a big achievement and is reward for his long term form rather than his recent difficulties.