Jason Denayer has said he will play in Celtic’s Saturday afternoon match against Hamilton if the manager wishes to pick him despite the Belgian losing close friend Junior Malanda last week.

The Wolfsburg youngster sadly passed away at the age of only 20 after a terrible car accident. Jason has known Junior since they were 6 and he’s finding it hard to come to terms with the loss.

“I have been in touch with friends back home and hopefully I will be able to get there for the funeral. The gaffer understands”  said Denayer.
 “If the manager tells me to play on Saturday then I have no 
problems with that. It will be difficult but I’ll do my best as I always do.”
“I’ll think of Junior. I need to keep going &never forget him. It’s important to do something positive with my life to remember him”

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is aware of the situation and is doing his upmost to support the player during this difficult time.

“I spoke to him about it yesterday – he had to decide for himself about the Sparta game. He needs time to deal with this – I can see that.”
“He is in sorrow and if he wants to be in another place he’ll not play good football. So we have to sort this out.” said the Celtic manager. would like to pass on our condolences to Junior Malanda’s family and friends at this tragic time. God Bless.


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