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‘I’M STILL DISAPPOINTED,’ BOYATA

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DEDRYCK BOYOTA has reminded Celtic they still have a huge test ahead of the Champions League return against Stjarnan on Wednesday.

The central defender marked his Parkhead debut with a goal in the 2-0 win over the Icelandic champions to give Ronny Deila’s side the advantage.
However, the Belgian has insisted the Hoops need to be wary that they are not in the next round yet and they still need to finish off the job in Iceland.
Boyata said: “We could have killed the game early, but we still managed to score two goals and could have got more.
“But we all know this game is never over after 90 minutes. We have to go for 180 minutes and make sure we go through.

“We are confident. Playing away games is never easy, but we have the better players and hopefully we can finish it off.”

Boyata’s appearance last night was his first competitive first-team display for 18 months.

The former Manchester City defender, signed by Deila for £1.5million this summer, last played in a Capital One Cup-tie.

His departure from the field with just eight minutes of regulation time remaining due to cramp, however, put a dampener on his night.

The 24-year-old fumed: “I’m not really happy as I wanted to finish the game. What happened didn’t put me in a good mood.

“I’m disappointed because it was my first game and I wanted to show as much as possible.

“You can score four goals, five goals and it wouldn’t put you in a good mood when that happens.

“If I’d scored 10 goals in a game and have to come off before the end I’d be disappointed.

“But, hopefully, it’s something I can sort relatively quickly as the competitive games have started now.

“I’m tired, but happy with the win. “

Meanwhile, Deila is confident Nadir Ciftci will come good for the Hoops once he has had a chance to settle at his new club.

The striker started last night’s game, but missed a couple of opportunities before being replaced by Anthony Stokes in the latter stages.

The Hoops gaffer said: “Nadir looked a little bit tired, but he has not trained very much.

“But I think 2-0 is a good result. I hoped we could have finished the game off and we had chances.

“We weren’t effective enough and it’s disappointing we didn’t score more, but a clean sheet is good.

“I’d say we have a very good chance to make the next stage.

“They had a couple of chances in the second-half, so it was good that they didn’t score. Overall I’m happy but not overly-excited.

“It was a good game for our two new players.”

 
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