Celtic latest: Defender sings praises of wonderkid, ex-manager’s advice to Brown and more

All the latest news from Celtic Park, including comments from Virgil van Dijk on Jason Denayer and Tony Mowbray’s remarks on Scott Brown

Virgil van Dijk on Jason Denayer

Celtic star Virgil van Dijk has said that he enjoys playing alongside Jason Denayer in central defence.

The duo have formed a formidable partnership for the Bhoys this season, as Ronny Deila’s side remain at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

“My relationship with Jason is very good,” the 23-year-old Dutchman told Celtic’s official website. “We understand each other and he’s a good guy.

“From the beginning of the season I’ve had a good bond with him on and off the pitch and we just need to keep on going and learning as we’re still young.”

Virgil van Dijk on John Guidetti

Van Dijk also has positive comments on Sweden international striker John Guidetti,who joined Celtic from Manchester City on a season-long loan deal in the summer transfer window.

“John Guidetti had been out for a while but he’s doing very well for the club and he was important again against Aberdeen,” said the former Groningen star. “It’s great to see so many players doing so well.”

Ruud Gullit on Virgil van Dijk

Former AC Milan and Chelsea star Ruud Gullit has called for his Dutch compatriot Van Dijk to be given a chance for the Netherlands national team.

“We need defenders off their man and then handing the ball to a teammate have,” Videocelts.com quotes Gullet as saying.

“You used to have defenders as Stam and Brandts. They could play the ball out but they also knew how to defend, their defensive duties were paramount.

“Why does Hiddink not give defenders like Douglas (of Dynamo Moscow), Donk (Ryan of Kasimpas of Turkey) or Van Dijk a serious chance?”

Tony Mowbray on Scott Brown

One Celtic player who has made it to the transfer gossip pages recently is Scott Brown. The 29-year-old Scotland international is one of the best central midfielders in the Scottish Premiership and has been linked with a move to the Premier League.

Former Celtic player and manager Tony Mowbray believes that Brown will be a success in England, but has urged him to remain at the Scottish giants.

"I would never advise anybody to leave that club - it's an amazing club with great supporters and the history stands on its own,” he told The Scotland Herald.

"If Scott Brown plays for X number of years, many of them as captain, he'd be very proud of that. So it's down to him really…

“Whether he has that desire and urge to test himself against different - and in some instances better - players, that's down to Scott. But he has all the qualities to succeed down there."

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for MANCHESTER CITY team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch