Celtic manager Ronny Deila has given a brief but clear assessment of the side’s defence to the Glasgow Evening Times, as reports emerge that his back four could be broken up.
However Deila says he will remain with the Bhoys and has stressed the importance of Celtic’s defence in the success they have achieved this year.
“He (van Dijk) will stay a Celtic player. That's our target, to get stronger. They've been good all season. The whole back four with the goalkeeper have been good. That's one of the reasons why we won the league,” said the Norwegian.
Deila has had a very good first season in charge of the club and he will be wary of breaking things up heading into next year.
Continuity is important and it will help the Bhoys maintain the standards they have created for themselves since Deila came in as manager.
It’s going to be difficult because there are some very good sides with big resources who could go after their key players with van Dijk being one of them.
All Deila can do is stress the benefits of them staying at Celtic in the hope that they don’t have their heads turned and continue to show belief in everything he’s trying to do with the club.