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  • Dedryck Boyata taking nothing for granted at Dens Park

    Dedryck Boyata taking nothing for granted at Dens Park

    By: Joe Donnelly on 14 Mar, 2019 13:12

  • HAVING won 5-0 at Dens Park in October, and 3-0 at Paradise in December, Celtic go into Sunday’s SPFL encounter with Dundee this Sunday high in confidence.

    But despite this tally of eight goals without reply, Dedryck Boyata expects a tough game at the weekend, and knows he and his team-mates take nothing for granted on the day. 

    “It’s never easy playing away from home in this league, and every team raises their game against Celtic, here at Celtic Park, and especially at their own home grounds,” said Boyata in this week’s Celtic View. “The last time we played Dundee at their ground we had a good result, and the last time we played that at home, it was the same.

    “But we never take anything for granted, we expect a tough game and it’s up to us to work out how to break teams down and score goals and get three points. We’ll prepare for Dundee ahead of Sunday, and then when the time comes, we’ll be in the best position to do that.”

    The pairing of Boyata and Kristoffer Ajer has worked well recently, and the 28-year-old Belgian is confident they can continue performing together in the weeks and months to come.

    That said, should Neil Lennon be required to change things, Boyata is equally confident in the squad’s ability and willingness to adjust and adapt.  

    With an eye on the Scottish champions’ end-of-season run-in, Boyata expects their opponents to play tight and compact, as points and goals become premium at the business end of the season. 

    “It’s almost impossible to play all the time in every single game, so we need to be ready to change things up and have players like Kris, like Jozo, like Filip, like Jack all ready to slot in,” said Boyata. “This season, all of the defenders, all of the centre-backs, we’ve all had to work together in different ways, and this is a great group of players.

    “We’ve maybe had more injuries in those central defensive areas than we’d have liked at times this year, but that’s why it’s so important to have a good squad, full of players who are ready to go whenever they’re called upon.

    “At the moment, myself and Kris Ajer are playing well together, and we need to keep that going. It’s always difficult to play against a team that sits in and defends with 10 men behind the ball for the majority of the game.

    “We’ve played against a lot of teams who choose that style of play over the years, and Saturday was no different to that. It’s up to us to find ways to counteract that, and find ways to adapt in those situations.

    “Aberdeen did defend well on Saturday, though. They were disciplined, structured, and we were a bit flat so we move on. Again, we’ve been so good this year so far, since we came back from the break, so we take the point and look forward to Dundee this Sunday.”

    To read the full interview with Dedryck Boyata, see this week’s Celtic View, out now.

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