Van Dijk quoted as saying he would 'definitely consider' Celtic exit

The Celtic defender has reportedly cited the biggest reason why he would consider leaving Parkhead.

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk has been quoted as saying he would 'definitely consider' leaving the Scottish champions, according to the Scottish Express.

The Dutchman has reportedly attracted interest from other clubs for some time but has always spoken of his delight at turning out for Celtic.

And that hasn't changed, with the 23-year-old branding the Bhoys a 'great club' and praising both their ground and the fans that frequent it.

But why Van Dijk would consider leaving Celtic is the standard of Scottish football. Indeed, the Hoops could be a victim of their own dominance should the defender move away from Parkhead as he says he wants to 'develop.'

The Celtic star says the competition is 'not good' in the Scottish Premiership, leading him to 'definitely consider' a transfer.

He reportedly told a Dutch radio station: "Celtic are a great club with a fantastic stadium and the fans are great. But the competition is not too good. I want to develop.

"If the opportunity is there, I would definitely consider a transfer. But maybe there will be nothing."

It has to be emphasised that Van Dijk's quotes may well have been lost in translation but, if not, it's the clearest the 23-year-old has been about the prospect of a Celtic exit.

Should Manchester City loanee Jason Denayer also return to the Premier League side, Ronny Deila would face a summer searching for an all-new centre-back partnership. Should that prove the case, though, it will certainly make for an interesting transfer window...

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