Jason Denayer reveals why Celtic has been the perfect club for him

The 19-year-old says he has improved in several ways as a player.

Ask any Celtic supporter their views on Jason Denayer and the likelihood is they'll be a huge fan.

The Manchester City loanee has flourished at Parkhead, giving the club a promising young defender without having to pay millions in transfer money. And, according to the Scotsman, any love towards Denayer is mutual, with the 19-year-old very much appreciating Celtic for the opportunities they have given him.

The defender's future with the Scottish champions may be unclear for now but the Belgian's ability and potential are not up for discussion: he has plenty.

Only through playing regularly with Celtic has he been able to develop his game, though, and Denayer has singled out a number of key areas he has significantly improved in under boss Ronny Deila this season.

He said: “I’m a more mature player and my style of play is also different from when I first arrived. I am much better with aerial duels. When I first came to Celtic I wasn’t at the level that I am now. I’m also much better tactically but playing every week has been a massive benefit.

"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. That’s what I need to do if I’m to reach the highest level in football."

For all the success of Denayer and co this term, however, Celtic's treble dreams come down to one game this weekend: the Scottish Cup semi-final against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Against the same opposition last weekend, the Bhoys flattered to deceive as they succumbed to a bore 1-1 draw. On a better pitch at Hampden Park, though, Deila's men should certainly have plenty more to offer.

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