CELTIC’S plans of persuading Jason Denayer to commit to another loan season could be scuppered by Queens Park Rangers.
The London club, struggling for survival in England’s top flight, are monitoring the 19-year-old Belgian’s situation at Manchester City.
If Etihad gaffer Manuel Pellegrini decides to allow the central defender to leave on another season-long contract, the Loftus Road side will make their move.
Boss Chris Ramsey is hopeful of persuading Denayer to switch to London, irrespective of which league his side are playing in.
Ronny Deila, though, believes the prospect of another crack at the Champions League could persuade the impressive teenager to remain with the Hoops, who has previously made clear his intention to return to Manchester City.
Another factor could be the uncertainty over the manager’s position at City. Manuel Pellegrini’s side looks like finishing the season without any silverware and whether that is good enough, given the riches at his disposal, remains to be seen.
Denayer, who is currently with the Belgian squad ahead of this weekend’s at home to Cyprus, would be guaranteed first team football at Celtic given the impression he has made in his time in Scotland.
To move to a relegated Rangers may not be the best option for him come the summer.