Dedryck Boyata has been subject to plenty of criticism from Celtic fans this season, and on occasion the criticism has been justified, such as when he turned in a dreadful display against Rangers at Ibrox last season.
However, Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers has always remained faithful to the Belgian, and he rushed him back into the side when he recovered from a knee injury last month.
Rodgers has made Boyata a mainstay of the Hoops side – he has made 36 appearances this season – and his faith was justified when the 27-year-old produced one of his best performances of the season in the Bhoys title-winning win over Rangers.
The Belgian was first to every ball and didn’t give Gers striker Jason Cummings a sniff during the game. He also performed better than Kristoffer Ajer on the day, and the Norwegian has received nothing but plaudits during his run in the Hoops side.
It seems likely that Rodgers will continue to keep faith with Boyata until the end of the season, and he will no doubt play a vital part as the Hoops aim to clinch a second successive domestic treble.
His future at the club is uncertain as his contract runs out at the end of next season, but there is little doubt that if Rodgers has his way than Boyata will remain with the Hoops.
In other Celtic news, read the Hoops player ratings from the win over Rangers