JASON DENAYER has been told by officials at Manchester City that he is surplus to requirements.

The former Celtic defender has had spells at Sunderland, and two stints at Galatasaray since his Hoops loan under Ronny Deila.

However, the defender is still only 23 and after making the Belgian 2016 Euro squad he fell out of favour with the national team and didn’t make the World Cup team.

Celtic’s replacement for Denayer, Dedryk Boyata did, however, make the World Cup and played in three of his countries group games.

The centre-back has two-years left to run on his lucrative Man City contract but it’s believed the player wants regular first team football and City won’t stand in his way should a side come in for him.

Celtic are crying out for some quality cover at centre back and could do a lot worse than signing the player, perhaps on an initial loan deal with a set fee at the end of the deal.

A lot of Celtic fans wouldn’t welcome the move as there’s a certain amount of hurt feelings involved when a player leaves the club. There’s also an element that will say it would be a backwards move because the Belgian has played with Celtic before.

But if the defender had a great season with the bhoys when he was 19 and has had a wealth of experience since then – adding onto that his knowledge of the club, the league and the expectations, it would seem like a no-brainer.


  1. Denayer was a very reliable defender during his time at Celtic and formed a formidable partnership with Van Dijk. There is no doubt that his considerable experience since then will have improved him so he’s likely to be a better player now than he was during his previous Celtic spell. Brendan Rodgers would also help him add even more to his game so if there was any chance of bringing him back to Parkhead then it would probably be a very good move but it all depends on what the player wants.

  2. Denayer isn’t any better than what we have already, which frankly isnt very good. The calamity brothers Boyata and Simunovic dont impress whatsoever. Ajer is a good prospect but needs a good experienced central defender to show him the ropes. We need a Bobo Balde. A defender who wins every header in the air and makes every high ball his. Ajer can play off him because that lad has footballing skill and can control a ball

  3. Worth getting him on loan, just to see how his second skint at the Hoops goes. His wage demands may be a stumblin block though.

  4. Denayer will not come back. I’d be amazed if he didn’t strike out for a move to a lower EPL or Championship side or back to Turkey.
    Would I take him back? Yup. I would.


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