JASON DENAYER may yet be persuaded to spend another season with Celtic, but Ronny Deila has admitted he will NOT be available for any Champions League qualifiers – if, of course, the Hoops win the title.
The Belgian central defender, who won the SPFL Young Player of the Month for March, is wanted back at parent club Manchester City for a pre-season assessment.

Denayer, who made his international debut last month, may get the opportunity of another campaign at Parkhead while there is continued speculation over the future of Etihad boss Manuel Pellegrini.

But Deila accepted that any possibility of a return to Glasgow would not happen in time for the first Champions League qualifier on 16th July.

He said: “City want Jason back for pre-season to see what kind of level he is at. They want to get the group together and maybe he will be loaned out again or he will stay. That is up to Jason and the manager.

“We will see what happens, but it is very hard just now. We will look for a central defender, anyway, one maybe two.”

Denayer remained non-committal on the prospect of an extended loan deal and added: “I only try to focus my mind on what is happening at Celtic and try to do my best for them.

“I always try to give my best level for Celtic. That’s what I need to do if I’m to reach the highest level in football

“I haven’t spoken to Patrick Vieira or anyone at City, but I hope they are happy with my progress.

“I feel that I have improved a lot from the start of the season, I’m a more mature player and my style of play is also different from when I first arrived.

“Some of the strikers I come up against in Scotland are big and strong.

“They are a bit different to what I have been used to, but I have improved with every game.”
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