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12th Jun, 2018 | 11:52am

'No problem' - Celtic mainstay confident he can cope with hectic schedule ahead of him

Celtic mainstay Dedryck Boyata is full of confidence that he will have the mental fortitude to compete in both the World Cup with Belgium and the Champions League qualifiers with the Hoops.

The 27-year-old centre-back, who made 39 appearances for the Hoops last season, believes that he has the ability to deal with what will be a very short break between the World Cup and the Champions League campaign.

“It will be a long season with the World Cup – and coming straight back for Champions League qualifiers with Celtic – but for me that is no problem” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“The World Cup and Champions League are the two biggest places you can be as a player – it is a challenge that excites me.

“I worked hard to get here – and if I am needed to play then I will play.”

Boyata seems certain to miss at least the first round of the Hoops Champions League qualifiers, which are set to be played on the 10th/11th of July.

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Football Insider verdict

It’s no surprise that Dedryck Boyata is confident that he will be able to play without much of a break in the summer, he will be confident that his body will be able to handle the pressure of playing in two huge competitions. Brendan Rodgers may not agree though, which is why it will be interesting to see how he handles Boyata’s playing time in the Champions League qualifiers. Everybody knows that Rodgers is a big fan of Boyata, and he would select for his best available Hoops team, but he can’t be rushed back into the side from his summer holiday, it is too much of a gamble, particularly as the Champions League qualifiers have so much riding on them for the Hoops. It would make sense for Rodgers to gradually reintroduce Boyata back into the first-team, and by the time the qualifiers reach their climax, he should be more than ready to return to the starting line-up once again.

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