'Top class' 26-yr-old to make comeback in Rangers clash v Celtic - confirmed
By Richard Parks
Dedryck Boyata is in line to make his comeback for Celtic in their Scottish Premiership showdown against Rangers next week.
The two Glasgow giants go head to head for the pivotal Ibrox clash on 11 March in what is the Light Blues’ last realistic chance to put genuine pressure on the champions in the title race.
Boyata, 26, has been out for a month after limping off with a groin problem in the 1-0 defeat at Kilmarnock at the start of February.
The Belgian missed both legs of the Europa League clash with Zenit and is set to miss Wednesday night’s Premiership clash with Dundee.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he will not be ready for Saturday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final against Morton but he is in the running for the Old Firm clash.
“Dedryck will probably be back after the weekend,” said Rodgers, as quoted by the Record. “So that will be great news.
“It will be great to have him back. He’s been top class so it would be great if he’s back for the Rangers game.
“He’s looking good doing his on field work.”
Football Insider verdict:
Boyata is no Virgil van Dijk but he has arguably been Celtic’s most consistent centre-back in a campaign of constant chopping and changing in the middle of the defence. The Belgian is certainly capable of the odd howler, but his athleticism often gets him out of trouble and he is capable of quelling most of the best attackers in the division. Should he be back to full fitness as expected, Boyata is likely to slot straight back into the team at Ibrox.
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