Celtic manager Ronny Deila used Jason Denayer as an example when he told the Glasgow Evening Times about what younger players can achieve at the club.
The young centre back has been a constant for the Bhoys this season, with a domestic double something that he can put on his CV for when he links up with parent club Manchester City.
“He has been unbelievable - but that is why Manchester City want him back. He has been a great player for us this season,” he said.
“It also shows many players that you can come to Celtic, play and improve. If Jason had stayed at Manchester City last year he would never have developed the way he has.”
Credit has to go to the manager for using him in the right way and for taking the risk of allowing him to develop a relationship alongside Virgil van Dijk.
That’s allowed him to develop an understanding with a more experienced player and that in turn has allowed him to become a better defender.
Based on Deila’s comments, it seems like a no-brainer for the boss if the possibility of Denayer coming back to the club pops up over the summer.
Manchester City can’t be blamed for wanting him back so they can check on his progress, but he’s better off playing somewhere he’s getting games and building his confidence as well as technical elements of his game.
If any other youngsters coming into the side for next season can have half the impact of Denayer this season, the boss will be very happy.