Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he doesn’t have any concerns over the mentality of Virgil van Dijk.
The Daily Star is an example of one of many sources this summer to have suggested an imminent move away from the club for the Dutch central defender, but the Norwegian has stressed that he’s seen nothing but focus and commitment from the player.
“His head is here with Celtic, that’s for sure. He has played very well in the recent games and he will be very motivated going into this one. I have no worries about Virgil whatsoever because I haven’t seen anything until now. He is focused,” Deila told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“In the home game he was very good, especially in the first half. He was vital for us and he’s going to be very important for us.”
Difficulty for Celtic letting him go now
The problem Celtic have if they accept any deal for him now is that their hands are really tied in terms of how they can replace him.
With the summer transfer window closing next week, the room Celtic would have to go out and get a replacement is severely restricted.
He knows the current Celtic backline, he knows the strengths and weaknesses of his teammates and he knows the style of the manager inside out. A move away doesn’t make any sense.
Celtic also offer van Dijk the option of Europa League football, which may not be guaranteed if he takes a move away to a Premier League club. Regardless of any perception about the standard of Scottish football, he’s at one of the biggest clubs in the UK and should stay put.