Boyata makes admission ahead of cup final

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Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata has claimed this season’s efforts will mean nothing if his side lose the Scottish Cup final on Saturday.

The Hoops have already secured a domestic double by winning the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup, but they can make it a treble if they beat Aberdeen at Hampden Park.

Brendan Rodgers’ side beat Hearts 2-0 last Sunday to become the invincibles, having completed the entire league season unbeaten. The title was also the club’s sixth in a row, and their 48th in total.

However Boyata admitted the title win and the unbeaten run will mean nothing if they lose on Saturday.

Speaking to the Daily Record ahead of the match, he said: “We’ve been invincible in the league but we’ve got another game and we’ll forget everything if we lose this final.”

Since breaking into the side in January, the centre-back has become a fixture of Rodgers’ back four, making 21 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals.

The 26-year-old signed for the Glasgow giants in the summer of 2015 for £1.7million from Manchester City, and he has since gone onto play 64 league and cup games.

Despite spending six seasons at the Etihad, Boyata only made 13 Premier League appearances for the club, as he was loaned out to the likes of Bolton and FC Twente.

Boyata has been capped three times by Belgium, but he missed their 2016 European Championships campaign through injury.

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