Celtic's Dedryck Boyata will never take success for granted

Celtic's Dedryck Boyata says he will never get tired of winning with the recently crowned Betfred Cup winners Picture by Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
By Gavin McCafferty, Press Association Sport

Ladbrokes Premiership: Motherwell v Celtic (Wednesday, 7.45pm)

CELTIC defender Dedryck Boyata enjoyed Sunday's Betfred Cup triumph as much as any other trophy.

And the Belgian felt the victory over Motherwell was a strong indication that they remain on the right track after an outstanding first campaign under Brendan Rodgers, when they won the treble and finished unbeaten in Scottish football.

Rodgers became the first Celtic manager since Jock Stein to win four domestic trophies in succession and Boyata insists he will never get complacent about collecting silverware.

"Winning a medal is always very important and we worked very hard to be there so to win the first trophy is great," the 27-year-old said.

"What we did last season was incredible. It will be very difficult to do it again this season. It's a tough league and we have a lot of games and to keep going and winning every game demands a lot of work and concentration.

"Winning the first trophy just tells us we are doing well right now so keep on going.

"You never get used to that, winning a medal. It's just something great. We were all happy to win that medal and that cup."

Boyata and his team-mates did not have much time to savour the triumph given they face Motherwell again in the league on Wednesday night.

Stephen Robinson's side are carrying a sense of grievance after the penalty award which led to Celtic's second goal in their 2-0 win and Boyata expects to face a group of players with extra determination when they run out at Fir Park.

"I am putting myself in the position that if you lose against a team and you have to play them again, then you get them back," he said. "I would think they will be very fired up. Motherwell are a physical team anyway so it will be very hard on Wednesday.

"They made it very difficult for us to shift the ball. They had a plan that worked well. They stopped us form playing and they were trying to press us high. They played well and their manager knows what he is doing. You could see they had been working on that before the game.

"(Louis) Moult and (Ryan) Bowman are good players up front, physical players. They always want to win every ball and challenge."

Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is out of Wednesday's encounter. The Frenchman suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's final.

Nir Bitton again misses out with a knock but right-back Anthony Ralston is back in training after a knee injury.

Provisional squad: Gordon, Lustig, Tierney, Gamboa, Simunovic, Sviatchenko, Boyata, Ntcham, Brown, Roberts, Armstrong, Rogic, McGregor, Forrest, Sinclair, Hayes, Griffiths, Ajer, Edouard, Kouassi, Ralston, De Vries

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