Former Celtic loanee Jason Denayer has been shortlisted for this year’s Golden Boy award alongside major talents such as Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman.
The prize is given out every year by a committee of sports journalists to the best young European-based footballer over the last 12 months.
And Denayer, who impressed during his season-long loan as Celtic won the Scottish League title and the League Cup, is in with a shot of winning the prestigious prize.
However the Manchester City defender – who is currently on loan at Galatasaray – is up against some stiff competition.
Arsenal’s Spanish defender Hector Bellerin, Schalke star Max Meyer and Atletico Madrid youngster Angel Correa are also among those to be nominated.
And the eventual winner will be in esteemed company as former holders of the Golden Boy include the likes of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, England captain Wayne Rooney and World Cup winner Cesc Fabregas.
The award was created by Tuttosport in 2003 and themselves along with 11 other newspapers from across Europe participate in the voting process.
These include The Times, Bild from Germany and French papers l’Equipe and France Football.
Each juror is allowed to nominate five players, with 10 points being allocated to the player they believe to be the most impressive, 7 for second, 5 third, 3 fourth, and 1 point for fifth most impressive.
The full shortlist:
The nominees for the 2015 European Golden Boy award have been announced. pic.twitter.com/4SguYnA7Bw
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The winner of the award will be announced in December.