Scott Brown: I hope 'outstanding' Virgil van Dijk stays at Celtic this summer

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Scott Brown has heaped praise on Celtic team-mate Virgil van Dijk.

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown has made a plea to team-mate Virgil van Dijk to stay at the club during an interview with Sky Sports.

Bhoys captain Brown was the hero for Celtic earlier today, scoring the winning goal in their 1-0 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Celtic had already wrapped up the Scottish Premiership title, but were keen to demonstrate their dominance over second placed Aberdeen - which they did with the victory, meaning they have beaten Aberdeen in all four games against the Dons this season.

Brown was handed the man of the match award by Sky Sports after the game, and whilst speaking to the Scottish international, he was asked about the future of defender van Dijk - and whether Celtic need him to stay beyond the end of the season.

"Yeah, definitely. He showed his qualities yet again today," said Brown. "He was outstanding. We just hope he stays as long as he possibly can, and can play alongside us as we're going to get better and better," he added.

The Dutchman, 23, joined Celtic from Groningen in 2013, and has become a real hero at Celtic Park for his consistent performers - whilst his 15 goals in just over 100 games have also endeared him to the Bhoys faithful.

However, his superb displays for the Hoops have triggered alleged interest in his signature, with the Daily Mail recently reporting that Arsenal, Everton, Southampton and Sunderland are all hoping to land van Dijk this summer.

It will be hard for Celtic to keep hold of van Dijk, just as it was with Fraser Forster and Victor Wanyama in recent years, but reaching the Champions League group stages this summer would go a long way to convincing him to stay in Glasgow.

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