Tom Boyd: I would have made van Dijk a better defender

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Former Celtic captain Tom Boyd has piled the praise onto the club's current centre back Virgil van Dijk.

Former Celtic defender Tom Boyd has told the Glasgow Evening Times he feels he would have made Virgil van Dijk a better player.

The ex-captain has been impressed with the progress that the big Dutch centre back has made at Parkhead and feels he’s moving in the right direction.

It remains unclear as to whether van Dijk will be kept on at the club, with several big sides likely to be tempted into making moves for him this summer.

“He'd have got into the team and I'd have made him a better player!” said Boyd.

“I've worked alongside some of the best Celtic centre-backs in guys like Mark Rieper, Alan Stubbs and Johan Mjallby. They were some tremendous footballers and I'd rank Virgil up there.”

“I know that you would class him as a Dutch player who certainly likes to get the ball down and play.”

Van Dijk isn’t just a good defender because of his size and the way he physically intimidates his opponents.

He’s a good centre back because he distributes the bell effectively and passes out neatly from the back when he’s under severe pressure.

He’s good in the air and also has the ability to be able to organise players around him effectively and if Scott Brown wasn’t such an effective captain, the defender would certainly be a candidate for that role in the team.

If a big side dangles a carrot as they try to sign him this summer, it’s going to be difficult for the Bhoys to resist but manager Ronny Deila knows that if he sells him or if the player pushes for a move, it’s going to be very difficult to replace him.

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