Manchester United-linked defender Virgil Van Dijk has won the praises of his boss following a number of fantastic performances in the Celtic backline.
The Dutch defender only joined the Hoops in the summer of 2013 with many observers feeling the £2.2million fee paid for his services was an absolute bargain.
Throughout last season Van Dijk was heavily linked with a move south of the border and top Premier League clubs such as United and Arsenal were said to be interested.
Despite remaining in Glasgow beyond the summer, the 23-year-old’s days at the club are surely numbered as a big move elsewhere beckons.
His boss Ronny Deila believes he can go all the way to the top, and told the Scottish press that he wouldn’t be surprised to see him playing for a potential Champions League winner.
“He looks fit and sharp and I hope, when he leaves Celtic, he goes to a top club – and we’re talking about one that could win the Champions League.” He said, quoted by The Express.
“That’s the goal but of course I want to keep him as he’s a vital player for us. In my opinion, if he gets consistency in his play and is even more disciplined in his structure, I can’t see his weaknesses.
“He’s quick, he’s strong, he’s good on the ball, he’s calm, he reads the play well, he’s good in the air. You name it, he has everything.”
Due to his Dutch links, there is little doubt that United boss Louis Van Gaal knows all about Van Dijk’s strengths as a defender and it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s tempted to making a January swoop.
The Red Devils have been poor at the back, conceding 13 goals in all competitions including four away at League One outfit MK Dons in the League Cup.
Players such as Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand weren’t properly replaced, and current defenders such as Jonny Evans and Phil Jones have so far struggled to overcome a number of niggling injuries.
A defender in January is surely a priority if Van Gaal wishes to further bolster his squad in their bid for a top-four spot in the Premier League, and defender Van Dijk could be the perfect low budget man for the job.