Petrov: 'No doubt' Celtic star Virgil van Dijk is good enough for Premier League

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Former Celtic star Stiliyan Petrov has backed Virgil van Dijk to make a move to the Premier League.

Former Celtic star Stiliyan Petrov has told The Sun that current Bhoys defender Virgil van Dijk is ready to leave the club this summer.

Van Dijk, 23, joined Celtic from Groningen back in 2013, and has established himself as the best defender in Scottish football with superb displays on a consistent basis - whilst even adding goals to his game too.

Yet, just as the case has been with Fraser Forster and Victor Wanyama recently, van Dijk is now being linked with a move to the Premier League, with the Daily Mail reporting that Arsenal, Everton, Southampton and Sunderland are considering moves for the Dutchman this summer.

The chances of van Dijk leaving Glasgow at the end of the season increased this week, after the 6ft 4in centre back admitted that the quality of competition in the Scottish Premiership just wasn't good enough for him anymore, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

One player who also outgrew Scottish football was Bulgarian midfielder Petrov, who scored 62 goals in 312 for the Bhoys before leaving for Aston Villa in 2006.

Speaking to The Sun, Petrov says that the time may be right for van Dijk to move on - and added that there is 'no doubt' that van Dijk is good enough to play in the Premier League.

"There appears to be no doubt Virgil van Dijk is good enough to play in the English Premiership," said Petrov. "He has the attributes. But he has to be patient and professional. I can understand his frustrations. I’ve been in the same situation but I felt I needed to move and that was when we had a really great battle every year against Rangers."

"Virgil has never had that kind of thing since he signed for Celtic. You feel you have reached the stage where you need to move on from Scottish football. It is nothing against Celtic, they are one of the biggest clubs, but it’s about testing yourself at another level, trying to take your body and ability to the very limit," he added.

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