Jason Denayer played his first senior football during his 2014-15 loan season at Celtic. Before that season ended, he was a full Belgian international. We tried to retain him, but parent club Manchester City wanted him to go elsewhere.
There followed a season at Galatasaray, then Sunderland (where he played central defence, full back and central mid), before going back to Galatasaray on loan last season. His last appearance for Belgium was in the quarter finals of Euro 2016, a defeat to Wales.
While City would not loan Jason in 2015 they sold us Dedryck Boyata instead. Dedryck made a 45-minute cameo appearance for Belgium as a teenager in 2010 but didn’t play for his country again until near the end of his first season at Celtic. Belgium were preparing for Euro 2016 at the time but decided against his selection.
While Jason drifted out of the national team picture as he dodged around Europe on an enormous wage from Manchester City, Dedryck is in Russia. He has earned less money than Jason since leaving Manchester City, but his achievements are far greater.
These things matter at this time of the year. Brendan Rodgers and Peter Lawwell will speak to players and agents and will relay this narrative. Come to Celtic, become a better player, win things, and gain international recognition.
Jason has two years left on his Manchester City contract, when he will be 24, but he needs to find another Celtic to put some wind beneath his wings, if he is to make it to the top.