One man who the Hoops signed on loan from England and who went on to have a successful spell at Parkhead is Jason Denayer.
Now that a significant period of time has passed since Denayer’s spell in Glasgow came to an end, it seems as though current Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou may have the chance to find his own version of the former Hoops loanee during the upcoming summer transfer window.
Last month, it was reported that the Scottish champions are monitoring Man City defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis, who – just like Denayer at one point – is on the fringes of the first team at the Etihad Stadium.
During his time with the Potters during the second half of the 2021/22 season, the 20-year-old ended the campaign with the joint-highest number of interceptions per game (1.9) and second-highest number of clearances per game (3.5) out of players currently at the Championship club.
Looking back to Denayer’s six Europa League appearances for Celtic in the 2014/15 season, he averaged 1.8 tackles, 1.8 interceptions and 5.7 clearances per game, highlighting the similarity of defensive talents between the two centre-backs.
Described by Tony Mowbray as a player with “fire in his belly”, Harwood-Bellis has shown that he may have what it takes to potentially follow in Denayer’s footsteps and be a solid prospective addition to Celtic’s ranks on loan.
If an opportunity presents itself for the Hoops to secure a loan or permanent deal for the Ma City youngster this summer, it is one that Postecoglou and the Celtic hierarchy should definitely seize.