Stuart Armstrong raves about Virgil van Dijk, calls him 'an exceptional 'talent'

Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong has heaped praise on defender Virgil van Dijk, as well as defensive partner Jason Denayer.

Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong has told the club's official Twitter account that having Virgil van Dijk and Jason Denayer in the team is a 'big advantage'.

Celtic tightened their grip on top spot in the Scottish Premiership with a 2-1 win at Dundee on Wednesday night, with goals from Gary Mackay-Steven and van Dijk handing Celtic all three points at Dens Park.

Centre back van Dijk is once again stealing the headlines after the Dutchman curled him his second superb free kick in a matter of days.

In the Scottish Cup final against Inverness on Sunday, his free kick needed the aid of the post to go in, but he hit a clean strike against Dundee, giving goalkeeper Scott Bain no chance as the ball flew into the top corner.

Van Dijk now has ten goals to his name in all competitions this season, with the 23-year-old proving that he's a threat in attack as well as solid in defence.

Van Dijk has forged a stern partnership alongside Manchester City loanee Denayer this season, and team-mate Stuart Armstrong told the club's official Twitter account that not only is van Dijk an 'exceptional talent', but having both he and Denayer is a huge benefit.

With Denayer set to return to Manchester City at the end of his loan deal and van Dijk no doubt attracting interest from Premier League clubs, manager Ronny Deila may have a tricky situation on his hands this summer.

Losing one would be hard enough but losing both at the same time would be a crippling blow for Celtic, so two new centre backs may well be needed - and they would have a high bar to reach after the outstanding partnership from Denayer and van Dijk this season.

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