Transfer news: Celtic sign Jason Denayer on loan from Manchester City
Last Updated: 12/08/14 3:05pm
Celtic have completed the signing of teenage Belgian defender Jason Denayer on a year-long loan from Manchester City.
The 19-year-old featured in Manuel Pellegrini's first-team squad in the pre-season tour of Scotland and will be available for selection ahead of the Hoops' Champions League qualifier against Slovenian side Maribor.
Denayer, whose style of play has been compared to compatriot and City captain Vincent Kompany, arrives at Celtic Park the day after Bulgaria winger Aleksandar Tonev, who joined from Aston Villa, also on a 12-month loan.
Celtic manager Ronny Deila said: "I'm very pleased. We said we wanted to make the squad and the team better and now we've brought in two quality players, I'm very happy about that.
"When I was with Stromsgodset we had very good cooperation with Manchester City so I've been many times there to watch training and matches. I've seen Jason play a lot of times and he's a very talented and gifted player.
"He's something that can make us better."
Denayer, meanwhile, was keen to play down the Kompany comparisons: "I have learned a lot from him because he is a good guy off the pitch. He talks a lot with me so he helps me a lot," he said.
"He is Belgium like me, a defender like me, Congolese (background) like me, but I don't want to be the same as Kompany.
"Maybe the same career but not the same player because I want to have my own style. I am fast, strong and I try to play football, not just kick the ball."
Denayar is confident he will get his chance to do that with the Scottish champions.
"I can't say what will happen in the future but I want to show that I can play in the first team for City," he said.
"I asked to go on loan and Celtic were the club who gave me the most assurances to play.
"When I spoke with the manager he told me he was going to give me my chance, so when I get my chance it is up to me. I need to play well and show him I can play."
Deila has also added goalkeeper Craig Gordon and Norway forward Jo Inge Berget (six-month loan from Cardiff) to his first-team squad but has lost England keeper Fraser Forster to Southampton for a fee of around £10m and Scotland U21 forward Tony Watt to Standard Liege for £1.2m.
Celtic travel to St Johnstone for their Premiership opener on Wednesday before hosting Dundee United on Saturday.
The first leg of the Champions League play-off is in Slovenia on August 20, with the return at Celtic Park six days later.
Watch St Johnstone v Celtic on Sky Sports 5 from 7.30pm on Wednesday.