Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

PELLE'S LOAN L RANGERS ; Boy Blues Jason Denayer, Marcos Lopes and Karim Rekik Have All Made a Big Impression This Season Boy Blues Jason Denayer, Marcos Lopes and Karim Rekik Have All Made a Big Impression This Season

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

PELLE'S LOAN L RANGERS ; Boy Blues Jason Denayer, Marcos Lopes and Karim Rekik Have All Made a Big Impression This Season Boy Blues Jason Denayer, Marcos Lopes and Karim Rekik Have All Made a Big Impression This Season

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JASON Denayer is being lined up for his international debut - and could get his chance to join City's rst team squad this summer.

e 19-year-old Belgian defender is being tipped by that country's media to be handed his rst cap in Saturday's European Championships qualier against Cyprus, partnering City clubmate Vincent Kompany in central defence.

And that is the latest advance in the career of a young player who has had an impressive season on loan at Celtic.

e low standards of the Scottish Premier League are not an acid test of a player hoping to make his way in England.

But the way Denayer kept the shackles on Argentina international Rodrigo Palacio when the Bhoys took on Inter Milan in the San Siro last month spoke of a player rapidly maturing.

Celtic lost the game but Denayer was a central gure in a rearguard action by his ten-man team.

Watching from the stand was Belgium assistant manager Vital Borkelmans - and that display earned him his call-up to the senior international squad, after just two Under-21 caps.

Kompany has long been a fan of, and a support to, his countryman. And when Denayer's loan spell at Celtic ends in June, his development will be assessed, along with fellow loanees Karim Rekik, aged 20, and 19-year-old Marcos "Rony" Lopes.

All three qualify as home-grown and clubtrained players, and may get the chance to go on the club's pre-season jaunt to Australia - those decisions have not yet been taken.

Denayer is hoping he gets the call for his country, and with a few defenders out injured, he may just get his chance.

"I would be honoured to play for my national team, and I will get a rest at the end of the season," said Denayer, who was very impressive for Patrick Vieira's under-21 squad last season.

"With Celtic, we have had a heavy schedule, but you just have to deal with it. Of course, it is easier to cope when you are winning games and cups. …

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