Dedryck Boyata has admitted that he didn’t sleep well after Celtic’s 7-1 defeat at PSG in their last Champions League match due to the runaround he and team-mates received from the French league leaders.
The Belgian stopper is now hopeful that the Hoops can provide him with a good night’s sleep after Tuesday night’s final group stage game of the season against Anderlecht.
The Hoops go into the game three points and three goals ahead of the Belgian champions, and are clear favourites to clinch Europa League football in the new year.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Boyata disclosed that it is “vital” that Celtic make-up for their poor performance in Paris last month.
He said: “You learn from these mistakes in these sort of games because you’re coming up against very good players.
“But you don’t sleep well after a defeat like that. It’s vital now that we bounce back from that in this tie.
“It could help us that they (Anderlecht) need to come and attack. We don’t get much of that in the Premiership but the Champions League is different because the teams are quicker and sharper.
“This game could be very open because they have to win and they have to score goals.”
Celtic turned in one of their best performances of the season against Anderlecht in Belgium in September, with goals from Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair securing a 3-0 victory, only the Bhoys’ second ever away victory in the Champions League group stage.
Boyata played in that game and he has become a mainstay in the Celtic side under Brendan Rodgers.
It looked like the centre-half’s Celtic career was over after a dreadful performance in the 2016 Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers but he has bounced back to become one of the most important players in this record-breaking Hoops team.
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