Friday, 19th September, 2014

Celtic defender Jason Denayer believes he has predatory instincts, which have shone through in his recent goal glut for the Bhoys.

The Belgian is on loan at the Scottish champions from English champions Manchester City and scored for Celtic in their 6-1 drubbing of Dundee United last month. He then followed that up by scoring against Aberdeen last week, while he also hit the back of the net at international level for Belgium Under-21s.

Denayer has revealed he used to play as a striker at youth level, while also pointing to his experiences playing small-sided games as another reason he knows where the goal is.

"I’m not sure where the goals are coming from – I must have some striker’s blood inside me", he told the club's matchday programme.


"When I was young, until the age of 14, I played as a striker but when I went to the academy they put me back in defence.


"I think it also comes from me playing in small pitches and small-sided games when I grew up in Belgium. So I was able to go up front and score goals as well."

The 19-year-old will be aiming to add to his tally this weekend when Celtic lock horns with Motherwell at Paradise on Sunday.

Denayer was in action for Celtic last night when the Scottish outfit recorded a 2-2 draw away in the Europa League against Red Bull Salzburg.

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