Virgil van Dijk will return to the Celtic starting line-up for the second leg of the Champions League playoff tie against Malmo on Tuesday, according to The Scottish Sun.
The Dutch defender was left out of the team for the Bhoys’ Scottish Premiership clash against Dundee United away from home on Saturday.
The 24-year-old was not even part of the Hoops’ substitutes’ bench at Tannadice Park, as the Glasgow giants won the encounter 3-1.
The report stated that the former Groningen star will not feature for Celtic against Malmo at the Swedbank Stadion on Tuesday as he will link up with the Southampton players.
However, The Scottish Sun has now reported that Van Dijk will be part of Ronny Deila’s side for the crucial Champions League qualifier this week.
The British tabloid has further claimed that Southampton’s Premier League rivals, Everton, “are also poised” to make a move for the Dutch centre-back.
Good decision from Celtic
Celtic won the first leg of their Champions League playoff tie 3-2 against Malmo at Celtic Park last week.
The Bhoys need to have their best players in the starting line-up for the second leg in order to avoid getting knocked out.
Van Dijk is arguably the best central defender in the Scottish Premiership, and his presence in the team is certainly going to enhance Celtic’s chances of progressing to the group stage of the Champions League.