Van Dijk comments on recent discipline, highlights what he needs to improve

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Celtic star Virgil van Dijk believes he's having bad luck with referees right now.

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk has told the Daily Express that he needs to be more composed after recent trouble with referees.

The Bhoys clinched their first piece of silverware under manager Ronny Deila on Sunday, defeating Dundee United 2-0 in the final of the Scottish League Cup.

Goals from Kris Commons and James Forrest handed Celtic the trophy, and keeps them on course to win a historic treble in Deila's first season in charge.

Dutch defender van Dijk was obviously part of the Celtic side after another impressive season, but was again caught up in controversy.

Van Dijk had picked up two red cards in his previous two games ahead of Sunday's final, and was accused of purposefully injuring Dundee United defender Sean Dillon by the Terrors captain himself, after a tackle which left Dillon needing seven stitches.

Van Dijk escaped punishment, and told the Daily Express that he feels he's had bad luck with referees recently - but also knows that he must be more composed after his recent misdemeanours, which includes his red card in the Scottish Cup against Dundee United a week ago.

"I didn’t leave my foot in. I would never do that on a fellow player. I can honestly say I didn’t do anything wrong," said van Dijk. 

"I don’t know if maybe I was having some bad luck with the red in Milan and last week," he added. "But I know I need to be more composed as well. I knew it wasn’t a red card at United, but everybody makes mistakes."

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