One of the constant worries for Celtic manager Ronny Deila will be the threat of his key players being poached by other teams who can offer a better level of domestic football and competition
One player he will definitely be worried about losing this summer is Virgil van Dijk, whose absence will create a glaring hole in the Bhoys back four if the club receives an offer which is too good for the Bhoys to turn down.
The Daily Express has reported that the Dutchman is ‘planning’ a move away from the club, with Arsenal and Manchester United two of the sides who have been mentioned with an apparent interest in him.
Deila is well within his rights to reject every bid the club gets for the player over the course of the summer, certainly if it’s below the £10 million mark, but there is a risk if he takes that hard line approach.
The risk is that he then has a player in his squad who lacks a little bit of motivation and that could cause his standards to drop compared to the impressive impact he’s already had at Parkhead.
If he has aspirations to move onto a higher level and he’s not afraid of voicing those ambitions, it also runs the risk of having a negative impact on other players in the squad.
It’s difficult for Celtic to hold out for an extremely high price for any player, because of the apparent lesser standard of Scottish football.
However, a fee in the region of £12 million would certainly represent a good piece of business for the Bhoys and certainly isn’t something to be sniffed at in terms of money for a central defender.
That’s good money for Celtic to find a suitable replacement and while some will consider van Dijk an irreplaceable defender, the club can get a decent alternative with that cash.
One of the first things Deila needs to sort out when the latest round of international games is over is what’s going on with his Dutchman and whether he can realistically stay committed to the Bhoys for next season.