Former Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink has been quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times suggesting Virgil van Dijk is facing a pivotal point in terms of his relationship with the club.
The former Celtic man has made it clear that he doesn’t think van Dijk is untouchable in terms of being sold by the club and has suggested a timeline by which the player and the club’s manager Ronny Deila need to have made a clear decision over his future.
“The manager says he wants to keep him for the qualifiers and hopefully qualify for the Champions League and that's understandable,” he said.
“But the most ideal situation for a football player is to go in for pre-season, shake hands with his new team-mates and see how it goes.”
“For Virgil it's a pivotal point because he has to choose a stable club and one that is good for his development and a team that can maybe help him become a regular in the Dutch squad.”
It’s a fair point because should the matter roll on beyond the start of pre-season, it will be difficult for van Dijk to hit the ground running at a new club.
It would also be difficult for Celtic to adjust and draft in a new player quickly who is similar in terms of stature, experience and quality to the Dutchman.
It doesn’t help Deila that the Scottish season starts slightly earlier than other leagues around Europe, which bring the issue forward.
However, maybe that’s what he’s hoping for because it will allow the player and the manager to focus on the football and not what may happen in the transfer market.