Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained in the Daily Record what Virgil van Dijk needs to do to become a top player at European level.
The paper claims the centre-back wants to become a top European player and he’ll be crucial as the Bhoys take on Inter Milan in the Europa League later today, with the tie level at 3-3 after the first leg.
“Virgil van Dijk is more than good enough to be a top player at this level. It is just a matter of relaxing and doing the same things he does in Scotland,” said Deila.
Van Dijk’s impact with Celtic this season has been impressive and created speculation reported by the Metro that Arsenal were interested in making an £8 million move for him.
That deal never materialised and means Celtic will benefit from his quality in the middle of their defence over the rest of the season.
Van Dijk has shown that he is a more than competent option in Celtic’s back four this season, but the pressure and occasion of playing Inter Milan away from home will create a different type of test for the player.
If he excels, Celtic keep a clean sheet and the Bhoys make it through to the next round, it will only solidify the confidence he’s already showing with his performances.
Celtic have multiple chances of winning silverware this season as well as a solid chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season. Van Dijk can certainly be a top player for Celtic in Europe and across other competitions for the rest of the season.