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Denayer plans to be his own man at Celtic

Celtic have signed Belgian defender Jason Denayer (pictured) on a season-long loan from Manchester City.

The 19-year-old signed for City following two years in the Anderlecht youth team. His arrival came just over 12 hours after Aston Villa's Bulgarian international winger Aleksandar Tonev also moved to Celtic Park on a season's loan.

Centre-back Denayer was with the City first-team squad on their tours of Scotland and the United States. But his path from the club's elite development squad was further blocked this week when the English champions signed France central defender Eliaquim Mangala in a £32million transfer from Porto.

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Denayar insists he will be his own man and not Vincent Kompany mark two.

Speaking at the club's Lennoxtown training complex he confirmed he would be in the squad for the Scottish Premiership game against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park tomorrow night and claimed he would be ready, if required, for the Champions League play-off first-leg match against Maribor next week.

"I am sure I can play," he said. "I thought about it before I came and if I wasn't ready to come to play then I wouldn't have come."

However, he was not keen to have too many comparisons made with City and Belgium skipper Kompany.

He said: "I have learned a lot from him because he is a good guy off the pitch. He is Belgium like me, a defender like me, Congolese (background) like me, but I don't want to be the same as Kompany."


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