Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk has admitted at his press conference today that life was 'very difficult' for Jason Denayer soon after he arrived at Parkhead.
Denayer joined the Bhoys from Manchester City on loan in the summer and he has forged a strong partnership with Van Dijk, but the Dutchman doesn't believe it was always so simple for his young teammate.
Denayer arrived at Celtic not knowing any of the squad and Van Dijk says that his defensive partner has done brilliantly to perform so well this season.
VvD on Jason Denayer: “He has learned a lot and is playing well. He was a new boy here and didn’t know anyone." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) April 1, 2015
VvD: "He was very young and it was very difficult for him, but he has been doing great, especially in the last few weeks.” (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) April 1, 2015
Denayer has done his reputation no harm in Glasgow and there is a feeling that he could be used in Manchester City's first-team next campaign due to his performances at Celtic.
The powerful centre-back has performed admirably in his first season playing regular competitive football, and earned international recognition for his form this week.
Denayer was given his first senior cap by Belgium, showing just how far he has progressed this season.
The problem for Celtic is that there are no guarantees that Denayer will be with them next term, and they could suffer a double-blow as the Daily Mail suggest that Van Dijk will also be leaving the club at the end of the current campaign.