Van Dijk is being linked with a possible move to Everton by the Daily Mail and Murphy’s comments suggest why it’s very important that current Celtic manager Ronny Deila goes all out to try and keep the Dutchman at Parkhead.
“I remember talking to Neil Lennon about that lad and he raved about him, he said he is a hell of a player - It's hard to gauge his levels when he's playing at that standard, but speaking to Neil he was as complimentary as you can be and Neil's not like that, he's not normally complimentary,” he told talkSPORT.
What are the chances Celtic could lose van Dijk?
There is always a chance that big clubs will lose their best players if the right offer comes in for them.
However, it’s arguable that Everton wouldn’t be in a position to haggle if Celtic played hard ball over price and they’re also not in a position where they can offer the player European football for the coming season.
Why he’s better off where he is
Van Dijk is better off where he is because he’s Celtic’s key centre back, which guarantees he’s going to play.
It’s a comfortable platform for him because he knows the style Deila likes to use and knows the strengths and weaknesses of many of his colleagues.
He also has the chance to play in the Champions League for Celtic, providing they qualify, which is significant considering the extra quality he’ll experience which will help him to become an even better defender.