McCann warns Celtic, sell Van Dijk and you could lose the title, he is as good as John Stones

Former Rangers midfielder Neil McCann has told Celtic that losing Virgil van Dijk could let in Aberdeen or Dundee United to win the Scottish title.

Neil McCann has told SkySports just how highly he rates Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk.

The former Rangers midfielder and Scottish international believes Celtic's rivals could pip them to the Scottish Premiership title if they sell the Dutchman.

McCann told SkySports Morning View, broadcast Monday 24th at 11am, that he also expects Celtic's resolve to be tested before the transfer window closes.

He said: "I fully expect another bid to come in, and it could be a fame changer in terms of Celtic wining the league.

"He holds that defence together. If he leaves it could be a perk up for Aberdeen, Dundee United and other sides chasing that top spot."

Van Dijk's future remains the subject of speculation, with SkySports reporting a denial from Celtic that a deal had been struck with English side Southampton.

The centre-back is presently fully focused on helping Celtic get past Malmo and earn a place in the Champions League group stages.

McCann believes Van Dijk has everything which Everton defender John Stones does, who has been linked with a big money move to Chelsea, as reported by The Guardian.

He added: "I see Van Dijk has all the attributes Stones has. (However) he is judged on the Scottish league he plays in and occasional European games."

McCann went onto describe the defender as 'lightening quick, and strong'.

Whether Southampton push for his services between now and the end of the transfer window is unclear, but Celtic has been a successful hunting ground for them in recent summers, luring both Victor Wanyama and Fraser Forster in successive seasons.

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