Bundesliga centre-back and former Celtic title-winner Dedryck Boyata has revealed his new nickname as he defended Scottish football.
Boyata played with Celtic between 2015 and 2019 before departing Parkhead for Germany. Whilst at Celtic, Boyata managed to leave with four league titles, three Scottish Cups, and three League Cups. He was a vital part of the treble-treble team too, making over 130 appearances for the club (Transfermarkt).
But Boyata seems to be doing just fine in the Bundesliga since his summer move. He currently remains a first-choice centre-back for Hertha Berlin, who sit 13th in the table.
And it seems as though the big Belgian international has a new nickname. Speaking in comments published by the Scottish Sun, Boyata revealed all:
“Since I came to Hertha, I think I am more vocal than at Celtic. Sometimes I shout so much, I can’t speak so well for a few days after. I now have a bit of a reputation here because of my shouting….they think I should be in an army. They call me the General here!
“People always say to me that it must be far better for me to play in the Bundesliga and not in the Scottish Premier League.
“I agree it is perhaps more difficult, but no one should forget Roberto Martinez picked me for Belgium when I was playing for Celtic. So I hate it when people denigrate the league in Scotland.”
Fair play to the General
Boyata had his moments at Parkhead, but generally he turned out to be a fine player for us in the grand scheme of things. Considering he was at the heart of the treble-treble run, he more than played his part.
Yet it would be easy for Boyata to now forget about Scotland. It would be simple to start slagging off the Premiership now that he’s plying his trade in one of Europe’s top five leagues.
However he’s not willing to take that stance. It’s nice to see him defend Scottish football when you consider how much it’s given Boyata. Remember, this was a player who was going nowhere at Manchester City before Celtic swooped in to sign him.
Boyata also played in major international competitions with Belgium during his time at Celtic. It’s not as if Roberto Martinez, the Belgium manager, was waiting on him moving to another league.
Of course, the centre-back finally did make his way to the Bundesliga and is in good form too. His team have only lost two of their last eight league games and also managed to make the last-16 of the DFB-Pokal.
It’s good to see him happy in Germany. As for that nickname, it’s certainly nicer than some of the ones he had whilst in Scotland!