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Jason Denayer to Celtic: Latest Transfer Details, Reaction and More

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Jason Denayer of Manchester City in action during the Pre Season Friendly match between Hearts and Manchester City at Tyncastle Stadium on July 18, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2014

Celtic have confirmed the signing of Manchester City defender Jason Denayer on a season-long loan.

The reigning Scottish Premier League champions announced the deal through the official club website, and Denayer could be ready to make his debut for the Bhoys in Wednesday's league fixture against St. Johnstone.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02:  Michael Eberwein of FC Bayern Muenchen shoots as Jason Denayer of Manchester City tries to block during the UEFA Youth Champions League match between Manchester City and FC Bayern Muenchen at Ewen Fields on October 2, 20
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The 19-year-old played a role in City's pre-season tour of Scotland and was nominated for the club's Elite Development Squad Player of the Season award last term.

Celtic state that Denayer has "been compared with Vincent Kompany," his teammate and Belgian compatriot at the Etihad Stadium, and the move will see him receive his first genuine chance at first-team football. 

HYDE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Jason Denayer of Manchester City U21 in action with Adam Morgan of Liverpool U21 during the Barclays U21s Premier League match between Manchester City U21 and Liverpool U21 at Ewen Fields on September 23, 2013 in Hyde, Englan
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Celtic have also signed Bulgarian Aleksandar Tonev on loan from Aston Villa this week as they bid to retain their Scottish title. Denayer will give Ronny Deila another option in central defence.

Adam Crafton has previously voiced his admiration of the teenager, describing Denayer as being one of the most promising players among City's youth ranks:

Denayer recently spoke to the official Manchester City website regarding his first experiences within the club's senior ranks, shedding some light on his pre-season training:

Training is very fast with a high intensity but I feel I’ve built my fitness up really quickly because you have to keep up with players like Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic who are powerful and very clever.

I enjoyed the run-out against Dundee because I was playing alongside Dedryck Boyata, who is obviously a fellow Belgian and someone I know well. He helped me a lot as did Aleksandar Kolarov and it was enjoyable to be part of it all.

The Brussels-born defender is currently tied to the Citizens until 2016, but it's clear he has the potential to involve himself beyond that timeframe.

City's promotion of youth players to the first team, or lack thereof, has drawn criticism from some in the past, with ex-Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre quoted by the Independent slamming the club's transfer policy:

However, Denayer could be the man to prove that theory wrong in the years to come, and his potential as a future City prospect will be tested at Celtic Park.

The centre-back is yet to make his debut for Pellegrini's side, but will hope that an impressive 2014-15 campaign in higher-profile surroundings will pave the way for his breakthrough.

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