Chris Sutton questions whether Dedryck Boyata's Celtic arrival could see Virgil van Dijk leave

The former Celtic star has had his say on the future of one of the club's most important players.

Former Celtic forward Chris Sutton has been writing in the Daily Record about the one potential negative of Dedryck Boyata’s recent switch from Manchester City to the Bhoys.

The 24-year-old Belgian signed for Ronny Deila’s side last week and looks like a fine addition to the squad, especially when you consider that his former City teammate Jason Denayer has recently seen his loan stint at Celtic Park come to an end.

But while Boyata could prove to be a wonderful addition to the club, Sutton has urged caution in regards to the future of the man he is being tipped to partner in the heart of Celtic’s defence.

“My only concern is how the signing will affect the club’s thinking about Virgil van Dijk,” Sutton wrote. “Deila has stated his desire to keep him but if a silly money bid comes in it will be hard to resist.

“Boyata and van Dijk have the makings of a top partnership but whether they will get the chance remains to be seen.”

Deila will surely not want to see one quality centre-back arrive only to wave goodbye to another; but van Dijk has impressed for some time in Scotland now and he is sure to have a number of suitors potentially plotting bids of their own.

If Celtic stand strong and refuse them, they could be set to benefit from a centre-back pairing that could ultimately help them succeed both domestically and in Europe.

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