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Celtic's Jason Denayer has played down his intenational ambitions

Celtic defender Jason Denayer isn't focused on his international career.

Celtic defender Jason Denayer has played down his international ambitions in the Daily Record.

The 19-year-old defender is on loan from Manchester City and put in an impressive performance in the Old Firm derby against Rangers in the League Cup last weekend.

“The national team is not the most important to me because I just need to concentrate on playing well for Celtic,” said the teenager.

His comments will be encouraging for Celtic fans because they show a clear desire to succeed and progress at club level.

It would be worrying if it seemed he was only using the Bhoys as a vessel to further his international career but his attitude towards the club is a positive.

Ronny Deila is likely to stress that the only way for Denayer to develop and progress his international chances is to play well for Celtic.

The challenge for the boss is keeping his focus on Scottish football because the Bhoys face challenges in different competitions over the rest of the season and can’t afford for any players to be distracted.

Belgium already have some top defensive options such as Vincent Kompany of Manchester City and Toby Alderweireld of Southampton, which show the scale of his task in terms of getting into the Belgium team.

His job is to just focus on performing for Celtic on a consistent basis and if he does that, the call from Marc Wilmots should come at some point in the near future.

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