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17th Jun, 2018 | 1:40pm

'Beautiful evolution' - Alderweireld heaps praise on Celtic man ahead of potential WC debut

Celtic centre-back Dedryck Boyata has been hailed by his Belgium team-mate Toby Alderweireld as he gets set to make his World Cup debut against Panama.

The 27-year-old has gone from a Hoops outcast to a potential starter for his national team, and the Spurs centre-back has revealed that he has plenty of confidence in the Bhoys defender.

“I remember Dedryck’s debut with the national team. He was young but since then he’s had a beautiful evolution” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“The team has a lot of confidence in him.”

Boyata seems set to replace Manchester City centre-back Vincent Kompany in the Belgian starting line-up.

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Dedryck Boyata’s transformation in the last 18 months is nothing short of incredible, and Brendan Rodgers has to take all the credit for that. Boyata looked like a player who has no future at all in Glasgow until Rodgers brought him out of the cold, and now he is set to star in the World Cup. With only one year left on his Hoops contract, it will be interesting to see what happens if Boyata has an excellent World Cup for Belgium. Clubs might well make a move for the former Manchester City defender, and the Bhoys would have a big decision to make. There is no doubt that Rodgers would love to keep him at the club, as he is one of his favourites who he has made a mainstay of the Hoops side. But if the money is right the Bhoys could have no other option than to sell him to the highest bidder. It could be a very intriguing summer for all manner of reasons for the Belgian.

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