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Robbie Savage impressed with Celtic star Virgil van Dijk, tips to be success in England

Robbie Savage believes Virgil van Dijk would be a success in the English Premier League.

Robbie Savage has told BBC 5 Live 606 he feels Virgil van Dijk would be a success if he leaves Celtic to play in England.

Van Dijk continues to be linked with a transfer away from Celtic, with SkySports reporting over the weekend how Southampton defender Jose Fonte has welcomed the Dutchman's link to the Saints.

The centre-back is 24 and has been at Celtic since 2013, going onto win two league titles in Scotland.

Savage watched Van Dijk when Celtic took on Azerbaijani side Qarabag in the Champions League qualifiers in midweek, and said he feels the defender is capable of transferring his talents.

He said: "I thought he was very very good. He looked big, powerful, and has got all the attributes of a defender, so why couldn't he play in the Premier League?"

Losing Van Dijk would be a tough blow for Celtic, but not one they will not have seen coming. The defender has been linked away from the club through the entire 2015, yet at present it appears all speculation and no action.

That will suit Celtic if it continues, but eyes will be fixed on the transfer deadline in early September, and a sigh of relief breathed around the club if the Dutch defender remains a Celtic player.

Crucial to that could be their progression into the Champions League group stages, dependent on a two-legged tie against Malmo.

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