Celtic's John Collins explains what Southampton new-boy Virgil van Dijk will bring to the club

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Virgil van Dijk joined Southampton from Celtic on transfer deadline day.

Celtic assistant coach John Collins believes Virgil van Dijk will make an immediate impact in the Premier League following his deadline day switch to south coast club Southampton.

The highly rated Dutch centre-back completed a move to St. Mary’s Stadium at the tail end of the transfer window, signing a five-year deal as he looks to take on his greatest challenge yet – establishing himself as a Premier League regular.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Bhoys assistant Collins was quick to highlight the stand-out qualities that the 24-year-old possesses, including his ability to bring the ball out from the back and his tendency to chip in with a goal or two.

As quoted by the radio station, he said: “He’s a footballing centre-half and he likes to carry the ball forward and start moves off.”

“At set pieces he’s a threat. He scores goals with his head and with free-kicks from 25 or 30 yards out.”

“He’s got a lot in his locker and of course we’ll miss him.”

Due to the current international break Van Dijk is yet to feature for his new club, although he may be handed his debut when the Saints visit West Brom on Saturday.

Thus far, Ronald Koeman’s side have been far from the resolute defensive unit they established themselves as last term, having conceded five goals in their opening four fixtures – including three at home to Everton.

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