'Not like I'm sitting in a chair' - Celtic star defends quality amid constant criticism
Celtic centre-back Dedryck Boyata has defended the standard of football in Scotland whilst admitting that it doesn’t live up to the standard of most of the football played by his Belgium team-mates.
The 27-year-old was quizzed on the standard of the game in Scotland by Belgian media outlet BH, and he offered a bizarre defence of the game, which went a long way to admitting that he felt tired after playing in an SPFL game.
“I can tell you that I am tired after every game. It’s not like I’m sitting in a chair with a cigarette” Boyata said.
“Training with the Devils (Belgian national team) is more intensive. It is logical considering the quality. After that, it’s the tempo I want to play every weekend.”
Boyata has just returned from a lengthy knee injury which ruled him out of the side for over a month, and has turned in below average displays against both Rangers and Motherwell which has led to constant criticism from fans and pundits.
Despite this, he has kept his place in the Belgium squad for the friendly against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
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At least Boyata is honest about the game in Scotland, and it’s not really a surprise that he feels ‘tired’ after every game, as he often seems to try extra hard to make up for his mistakes. To be fair, there must be a lot of pressure playing for a team like Celtic, where every game is a must win and it’s almost a crisis if the team is held to a draw. It’s also worth noting the ‘tempo’ comment, perhaps a slight admission that the player wants to return to the English Premier League, where he began his career with Manchester City. Only time will tell on that one, but it is good to see a player defend the standard of football in Scotland for once.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are set to offer a new contract to Ryan Christie