Celtic have wrapped up loan deals to bring in two exciting young players while the controversy surrounding the club in the Champions League qualifiers rumbles on.
Celtic have agreed a loan deal with Manchester City to bring in Belgian youngster Jason Denayer for the upcoming season according to the club website. The 19-year-old defender, who is often compared to compatriot and club-mate Vincent Kompany, will be available for the Hoops’ Champions League qualifier against Slovenian side Maribo.
Celtic boss Ronny Deila has brought in Bulgarian Aleksandar Tonev from Aston Villa on a one-year loan deal with an option to buy at the end of the loan period according to the Guardian. The 24-year-old winger will be looking to become a Celtic legend like compatriot Stiliyan Petrov who had a memorable seven-year stint at Celtic Park before moving to Aston Villa to link up Martin O’Neill again. He was quoted as saying:
“I already knew all about Celtic. Everybody in Bulgaria knows Celtic. I spoke to Stiliyan Petrov yesterday and he was very happy for me. He wished me good luck and I hope I can do as well for Celtic as Stiliyan did.”
Meanwhile the repercussions of Celtic’s progression to the next round of the Champions League playoffs at the expense of the luckless Legia Warsaw continues. The Polish club were thrown out of the competition for fielding an ineligible player, Bartosz Bereszynski, who came on in the 86th minute of the second leg of the tie.
The confusion regarding eligibility arose when Legia had thought the player had served his three match ban from last season’s Europa League by sitting out the two legs in the previous round against Irish side St. Patricks Athletic. However, the player was not registered for these games and they did not count towards serving his suspension.
The understandably devastated Polish club have written an open letter to Celtic seeking redress. They are looking for a replay of the match to decide who progresses. However, Celtic have not responded positively to this overture and released a statement quoted on the Sky Sports website:
“We are disappointed by Legia Warsaw’s comments. This is entirely a matter for UEFA and its processes. Accordingly, we will reserve further comment for the appropriate time.”
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.