Virgil van Dijk discusses potential transfer away from Celtic

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Van Dijk looks to be leaving Celtic for Premier League side Southampton.

Van Dijk has been the centre of a transfer saga for the entire window, and he has told the Daily Mail that Celtic’s defeat to Malmo in the Champions League could have been his last game for the club.

The centre-back said: “There is a chance it could be my last appearance. There is interest but right now just after the game, it's so difficult to talk about it. If this is my last game then it's the last way I'd want to leave Celtic.”

It appears as if Van Dijk will be on his way out of Scotland following the defeat, with Champions League qualification the only likely thing to keep the Dutchman at Parkhead.

He has shown himself to be far too good for the Scottish Premiership, and if he is to further his career, the 24-year-old needs to move to a higher quality league.

His talent has earned him a wealth of interest from the Premier League, with the same Mail report indicating that it is Southampton who are most likely to sign the defender in a deal worth £11 million.

They are on the look out for a new centre-back, and Van Dijk has shown himself to be the type of ball-playing defender that Ronald Koeman is so keen on in his tactical set-up.

With the Champions League now out of the picture for Celtic, there is no reason for Van Dijk to stay at Parkhead this season, and with just under a week left of the transfer window, it would come as no surprise to see him make the switch to the South Coast of England in the coming days.

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