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McAvennie suggests van Dijk could surprise himself by staying at Celtic

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has urged Virgil van Dijk to spend another season at Parkhead.

Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has explained in the Glasgow Evening Times how Bhoys defender Virgil van Dijk could end up surprising himself.

The paper mentions that van Dijk is one player who could potentially move away from Parkhead this summer, but the ex-forward has urged the Dutchman to show some loyalty which may pay off later in his career.

“Virgil should make a name for himself in Europe before he moves on because if he does he might surprise himself and get a better team,” he said.

“Stay one more year and he might get one in the top half of the Premiership. I don’t know if he will do so well if he ends up in a team fighting relegation.”

Why should van Dijk ignore a move away from Celtic?

Van Dijk is a first choice defensive player under Ronny Deila. He has a certain status, which sees Deila list him as one of the first names on the team sheet every week.

If he leaves the club this summer, he could get a high profile move, but he may not necessarily be first choice at the club he moves to.

Another season in the Scottish Premiership will give van Dijk more experience and hopefully he can show how good he is in the Champions League.

Can Celtic afford to sell him in a year?

According to transfermarkt, his contract doesn’t expire until the end of the 2016/2017 season.

Celtic can afford to keep him for one more year as McAvennie tells the Glasgow Evening Times and they can still net a good fee for him this time next year if he shows no signs of signing a new deal.

Celtic should try and keep him for longer, but the club can still demand good cash if he has another excellent season under his belt.

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