BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata has been dubbed “too nice” by Belgium boss Marc Wilmots, despite landing a spot in his squad for Euro 2016.
The 25-year-old, who boasts two caps for the full national side, has been named in the final party for the summer showpiece in France, with the Red Devils manager lauding his technique and speed.
Nevertheless, Wilmots wants to see him unleash his aggressive side and strike fear into the hearts of opposition strikers.
Wilmots told Het Nieuwsblade: “Dedryck is someone I have followed for many years and he enjoyed a fantastic season at Celtic – after getting regular first-team football, he did not disappoint.
“He is technically superb, he is fast and is an excellent passer of the ball, so there is no doubt about his quality.
“But sometimes he is a little too nice for my liking! I love to see my central defenders cause a bit of fear for the other teams’ strikers.”
Boyata, meanwhile, admits he feared his dream of representing the Red Devils in France was over after he limped out of Celtic’s Scottish Cup semi-final defeat against Rangers with a hamstring strain.
He was replaced by Erik Sviatchenko after just 25 minutes at Hampden and has not kicked a ball since.
Nevertheless, he fought his way back in time for the summer showpiece and Wilmots has kept faith with the rusty stopper.
Boyata said: “Euro 2016 was the goal for me and I have worked so hard for it all season. This is a reward for that. When I was injured I was afraid that I would miss the tournament, but everything is looking positive now.
“I have had a very long season and played more games that I ever have before, so I have learned a lot, improved and I am ready for the competition.”