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Celtic legend: There is going to be constant speculation over Virgil van Dijk

Former Celtic player and manager Davie Hay has stressed the problem Ronny Deila has over Virgil van Dijk.

Celtic legend Davie Hay told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels there is going to be constant speculation over the future of Virgil van Dijk this summer.

The big Dutch defender has been one of the club’s most consistent players across the Bhoys backline this season and has the quality needed to play for some very good teams around Europe.

He could put manager Ronny Deila in a difficult position and Hay feels that the club will struggle to shake off the rumours over his future.

“There will be constant speculation about Virgil van Dijk until he either stays or he goes. That's the thing about offering someone such as the Dutchman this platform to move on if he wants. They tend to move on,” he said.

“Celtic fans live in the real world and fully understand that if an offer comes in that could be described as being too good for any player, then they will consider it.”

Van Dijk is someone that Deila will want to build his defence around next season, especially with Jason Denayer heading back to Manchester City.

Hay is right to suggest that if a good offer comes in for the player then Celtic will listen to it but Deila will be wary of losing both of his key centre backs ahead of next season.

One of the main reasons that Celtic have been so successful this year is because they have been able to name the same players in their defence consistently.

Deila having to bring in two new players creates a number of risks, with limited time for those new players to create an understanding of playing with each other ahead of the new season.

He will fight to avoid that possibility even if the big bids start coming in.

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