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20th Mar, 2017 | 2:30pm

Coach delivers brutal putdown: Celtic first teamer too slow, does not warrant selection

By Matt Farr

Former Belgium assistant manager Eddy Snelders has delivered a brutal assessment of Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata.

The Celtic first teamer was included by Roberto Martinez in the Belgium senior squad for the first time in over a year, for the upcoming double header against Greece and Russia.

But Snelders has criticised the selection, insisting that Martinez had better options to choose from than the Celtic defender.

He told the Daily Record: “The selection of Boyata came to me as a big surprise. He’s been called up because apparently he’s done well in Scotland, but Bjorn Engels isn’t included.

“For me, Engels is the better player. Boyata is too slow for me and it would have been the ideal opportunity to try out Engels in the friendly against Russia.”

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Snelders instead sung the praises of Engels, who has been performing well for Club Brugge this season. The centre-back has made 16 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring twice.

However, Boyata, 26, has also been impressive, having won his place back in the Celtic side in the new year.

The former Manchester City stopper had been frozen out by Brendan Rodgers during the first half of the campaign, making just one appearance between July and January.

But he is now a regular feature of Rodgers’ starting eleven, appearing in each of Celtic’s last nine Scottish Premiership outings.

He has also featured in their three Scottish Cup fixtures, contributing to a total of eight clean sheets.

Despite Snelders’ complaints, Martinez believes Boyata warrants an opportunity to add to his two previous senior caps after personally watching him in action in Glasgow.

In other Celtic news, Moussa Dembele has delivered his verdict on the recent win over Dundee.

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