The manager of Belgium, Marc Wilmots, has been speaking to Sporza about recent Celtic loanee Jason Denayer in the build-up to his country's friendly against France this weekend and Euro 2016 qualifying match against Wales next week.
The centre-back had an outstanding campaign with Ronny Deila’s side, featuring 44 times for the Bhoys, scoring six goals and playing an integral role in the club’s double success.
Denayer has since returned to his parent-club Manchester City, where he will be hoping to make an impact next season. But whatever happens it is clear his national manager has a lot of faith in him, as demonstrated but Wilmots’ latest comments.
“Jason is like Eden Hazard,” Wilmots said. “Always calm. I’ve never seen him nervous; he has a lot of confidence and there will be someone with experience standing next to him.
“It is not too early for him. He has the qualities and if he does something wrong…that is my fault.”
It is quite a compliment comparing Denayer’s temperament with that of Chelsea star Hazard, but when you consider the former Celtic loanee is still only 19 it makes plenty of sense.
Not every player could step into a side and help them win a league-and-cup double within a year, and that list dwindles considerably when you consider the number of teenagers who could do that.
That he is already seen as a potential starter for his country speaks volumes for just how far he has come at Celtic, and it is only disappointing that Deila could not keep hold of him for longer.