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Van Dijk comments on relationship with Denayer, explains the area they have improved

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Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk has commented on his relationship alongside Jason Denayer.

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk has commented on his partnership with youngster Jason Denayer in the Daily Record.

The pair have formed a good relationship under Ronny Deila so far this season and the Bhoys are a difficult side to break down when they both play and are both in form.

“We’re both learning things. You need to know each other and we’re much better together now than we were before,” said van Dijk.

“You get to know each other’s weaknesses and the strong points too. Our partnership is getting better every week.”

“What we’ve improved on most is pressing high up the pitch.”

One of the main reasons the partnership seems to have worked so well is because the pair are opposites of each other.

Van Dijk is the more experience and arguably the more intimidating, while Denayer has that burst of pace which is important in relation to any defensive line.

The challenge they both face, as well as the manager, is to continue working on those weakness, eradicating them as well as building on their strengths.

It will also be interesting to see if Celtic can do a deal and keep him beyond this season whether that’s an extended loan or whether they can convince him they are a better proposition for his permanent future than Manchester City.

Celtic are still in the hunt and chasing a treble and they will give themselves a much better chance of pulling that off with a solid defence for the rest of the season.

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