The Glasgow Evening Times has reported that Celtic will continue to monitor the situation of young defender Jason Denayer, who has admitted that he needs to play games next season.
The centre back played well for the Bhoys last season, but has returned to parent club Manchester City, who are keen to monitor his progress.
However, he’s made it clear that if he’s not going to be used frequently by Manuel Pellegrini, or whoever is in charge at City, next season, he and his representatives will have to consider a move away from the club.
“I want to have a chance to play. If I receive no guarantee we will need to find a solution,” he said simply.
If Denayer makes it clear that an exit from Manchester City is what he’s seeking then Celtic will definitely be in the running to sign him.
They have the advantage that he knows he’ll feature under Ronny Deila, who will likely be keen to retain part of his impressive defence from last season.
If Denayer signs and the Bhoys can keep Virgil van Dijk, Deila has secured a situation where he’s gone from potentially having to replace both defenders to having to replace neither.
However, according to transfermarkt his contract with City doesn’t expire until the end of next season, which means Celtic will have to be competitive against other teams in terms of providing a fee.
If the chance is there Deila would be naïve to overlook it and he doesn’t seem like that sort of manager.