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Dedryck Boyata feeling confident under Brendan Rodgers’ eye

Dedryck Boyata

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata feels playing under Brendan Rodgers has helped instil more confidence in his game.

The 26-year-old Belgian has flourished since the turn of the year after enjoying a run in the Hoops side that has brought a mixture of defensive solidity and an eye for goal.

Boyata struck winning goals against both St Johnstone and Aberdeen recently as Celtic protected their unbeaten domestic record under Rodgers.

The Scottish champions have won 29 out of 30 domestic games since former Liverpool manager Rodgers took charge.

It means they’ve opened a 24-point gap over Aberdeen in second in the league while they also beat the Dons 3-0 in the League Cup final and sailed into the last eight of the Scottish Cup.

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A first treble since 2001 is starting to dominate thoughts amongst the Celtic supporters and Boyata has revealed his manager has poured confidence into his players.

“I think the confidence is something to do with it but obviously the manager has played a big part of that,” he said.

“Before I got into the team, I was told points that I needed to improve. “If you want to get into the team and you know the points you need to improve on then you want to show you have been improving on those points at training, so you can have the chance of getting into the team.

The manager has played a big part of that. “Celtic is a very good club and very important for myself and for any player who’s here. Playing here and playing games is very good for me.”

Celtic are 9.00 to beat Motherwell 4-0 at Celtic Park on Saturday while Hoops forward Moussa Dembele is 6.50 to score a hat-trick for the third successive game.

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