Former Celtic invincible Dedryck Boyata has officially been named the Hertha Berlin captain for the upcoming Bundesliga campaign.
Boyata left Scotland for Germany in the summer of 2019 after becoming a treble-treble winner with the Hoops. After a shaky start to his Celtic career under Ronny Deila, he managed a renaissance under Brendan Rodgers that saw him collect 135 appearances for the club and 10 winners’ medals.
But since his switch to Germany, he’s managed to impress even further. He clocked 29 first-team outings for Hertha in his debut campaign in the Bundesliga last season (Transfermarkt). A campaign which led to them finishing in a solid 10th placed spot.
And it looks as though he’s getting rewarded for his consistency last term as he takes the armband for the campaign ahead.
ℹ️ Dedryck #Boyata will lead the team out as captain for the 2020/21 season. ©️
— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) September 22, 2020
Boyata has truly silenced his critics
Many were scoffing at the idea of Boyata playing in Germany. He had a knack of making the odd howler at Parkhead through clumsiness, so it was only natural he had some doubters when it came to his Bundesliga transfer.
However, he’s been a constant in the Hertha team over the last 12 months or so. In addition to that, he also racked up clean sheets against the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach, and Schalke respectively.
Hopefully the big Belgian can continue to progress this season after what was no doubt a campaign of adaption for him last term. But it’ll be interesting to see how he deals with the added responsibility.
Boyata spoke out last season in defence of Celtic and the pressures involved at the club. As quoted by Belgian outlet Walfoot back in October, the defender said: “Do not believe that the pressure is lower or easier to manage (at Celtic). You have huge expectations that weigh on you. Those of the fans, the direction, the fact of having to always be at the top.”
So it’s clear he left the club in good spirits despite some initial anger surrounding his departure. Now, it’s difficult to argue that he made the wrong decision as he continues to thrive in one of the world’s top leagues.