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5th Jun, 2018 | 10:37am

'He can be a top talent' - Hartson makes huge claim about much-derided Celtic stalwart

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has made a massive claim about much-criticised Hoops centre-back Dedryck Boyata.

Hartson thinks that Boyata’s selection in the Belgian World Cup squad will only improve him as a player for the Bhoys next season.

“I was delighted to see that Dedryck Boyata made the final cut for the Belgian squad” Hartson said, writing in his column in the Evening Times.

“He is in pretty special company when you take a look at their squad and I have no doubt that he will return to Celtic a better player for the experience.

“If he can eliminate some of the mistakes then I still think he can be a top talent and this month will be massive for him.”

Boyata has often been criticised by Hoops fans for the mistakes outlined by Hartson but he has always retained the confidence of Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers.

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Football Insider verdict

This is a huge call to make by John Hartson. There is a chance that Dedryck Boyata could learn from the players in the Belgian World Cup squad and cut out his mistakes. Or he could make one of his usual blunders when he returns to the first-team next season. The thing is, Brendan Rodgers will likely still select Boyata for the first-team even if he makes one of his blunders, as he is such a fan of the Belgian centre-back, even rushing him back from injury for an Old Firm clash last season. The Hoops really should bring in another defender in the summer, with more experience, to help for the Champions League. Boyata, despite being 27-years-old, hasn’t played that much football for a variety of reasons. But at this moment in time it seems that he will continue to be a mainstay for the Hoops going forward, and will be a key man for the Champions League qualifiers when he returns from the World Cup.

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