"I'm really proud" - Patrick Vieira comments on Jason Denayer's Celtic displays

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Manchester City reserve team boss Patrick Vieira says he's proud of Jason Denayer's displays with Celtic.

Celtic's upturn in form of late has largely been down to the goalscoring exploits of striker John Guidetti, who has fired the club to six wins in the last seven games in all competitions.

The Swede has hit nine goals in the last ten games, and is enjoying a superb loan spell from Manchester City - but he isn't the only one that the Premier League champions have sent to Celtic Park.

Centre back Jason Denayer, formerly of Anderlecht, joined City from RMG Academy back in 2013, and was starring with the City Elite Development Squad before joining Celtic on loan for the season.

The 19-year-old Belgian has impressed during his time with the Bhoys, and is largely regarded as a future City defender by staff at the Etihad Stadium.

Now, his Elite Development Squad manager Patrick VIeira says that he's proud of how Denayer has been playing North of the border.

"We have to give them the right development, and that means sending them on loan," said Vieira. "When I watch Jason playing for Celtic, or Marcos Lopes playing at Lille, it makes us really proud."

"The way they are performing let’s me know we are doing things the right stuff. We have to keep doing it. The object is to provide players for the first team, but we know the gap is massive from under-21 to the first team – but this is one way we can get them there."

The final quote from Vieira is interesting. During his time with Stromsgodset, Celtic manager Ronny Deila brought in a host of players on loan from City, including Abdisalam Ibrahim, Mohammed Abu, Enock Kwakwa, Bismark Adjei-Boateng and Razak Nuhu.

Deila is clearly trusted by City to develop their young players, and with Guidetti and Denayer already at Celtic Park, we could well see even more City youngsters heading to Glasgow in the future.

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