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Boyata transformation is beyond belief

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When we signed Dedryck Boyata, while simultaneously losing loanee Jason Denayer, I heard that bullish comment from Celtic Park “We made Denayer into a regular Belgian international and we’ll do the same for Boyata.”

Teenage Jason Denayer was part of a record-breaking Celtic central defence.  Fast and skilful, there was little chance parent club Manchester City would allow him to extend his stay in Scotland.  Dedryck was older, had played less football, and City allowed him to leave for £1.5m.  The claim that we could make him into a Belgium regular seemed fanciful.

Belgium are the top team in the Fifa rankings.  Getting anywhere near this squad is an achievement, but Dedryck is now a regular fixture.  When Jason Denayer made a late entrance in the game against Iceland last night, it was captain, Vincent Kompany he replaced, not the Celtic central defender.

Dedryck has only been at Celtic three years and the early months of his time here were memorable for an own goal against Malmo and a very poor performance away to Molde.  His transformation is beyond belief.

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  1. The Perth CSC’s 30th Anniversary weekend was an absolute resounding success!Willie Wallace,Dixie and Murdo were a real credit to themselves and to Celtic.But special mention to big John Hartson.A real gentleman in his attitude and demeanour;nothing was too much trouble.

  2. As one who looks mainly on the bright side, I am hoping Belgium`s hammering will lead Dedryck to consider that hemay welll be better off staying at Celtic under the excellent tutelage of Brendan.

     

     

    JJ

  3. The Perth CSC’s 30th Anniversary weekend was an absolute resounding success!Willie Wallace,Dixie and Murdo were a real credit to themselves and to Celtic.But special mention to big John Hartson.A real gentleman in his attitude and demeanour;nothing was too much trouble.

     

    Also,a healthy amount was raised for the three nominated charities.

     

    Had a great time with our friends from interstate and even got Paddymcoz to sign my commerative programme. HH