Kevin Kyle is wrong about Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata

By Connor Gordon

March 7, 2019

Former Rangers striker Kevin Kyle says EPL clubs will be brave to sign Celtic’s Dedryck Boyata.

The Belgian will become a free agent at the end of the season as a contract hasn’t been offered or signed.

There will be a whole host of clubs waiting to pounce once the international becomes available.

It will not be surprising if his former manager Brendan Rodgers takes him to Leicester City.

Kevin Kyle thinks Boyata’s next team will be brave

He never explained why but the former Sunderland striker doesn’t think Boyata would cut it in the Premier League.

About Rodgers taking him, Kyle told Open Goal Podcast: “He’d be a brave man to come back and take Boyata.

Kevin Kyle thinks Brendan Rodgers will be brave to sign Dedryck Boyata. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

“Could he play in the Premier League? No chance.”

There’s nothing brave about a former manager going back to a club and signing a player he rated.

Rodgers will know Boyata better than any one of his ability and qualities to play in England.

Dedryck Boyata playing against Stoke City for Manchester City. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

He has played in England, albeit as a younger more inexperienced player, but he has progressed since then.

Boyata will do more in football than Kyle will

The ex-Hearts striker’s comments are extremely unfair and made without evidence.

The 28-year-old is now in his prime age for a footballer and is a seasoned international with Belgium.

He played in every group stage match in the World Cup for his country in which they placed third and is arguably the Hoops’ first choice defender.

Kevin Kyle playing for Sunderland (Photo by Clive Mason /Allsport)

Boyata has also won three league titles, two Scottish Cups and two League Cups – he’s a success.

Whereas Kyle’s Sunderland managed to win the Championship once and clinched the Scottish Third Division with Rangers.

If Kyle was able to play in the Premier League and become a cult hero, Boyata can also play in it and be a stalwart.

Nobody wants him to leave Parkhead, but if he does he will show his critics what he’s made of.