Speaking to the Daily Record, Frank McAvennie has criticised the way Virgil van Dijk has spoken about Celtic since his move to Southampton, claiming he should have acted in the same way as Fraser Forster and Victor Wanyama.
McAvennie said: “I can’t believe he’s having a go at Celtic and Scottish football when he’s only been five minutes in the job. I’d like to think he’d have been more respectful of Celtic for the platform they gave him to get his move to England. And you never heard his Southampton team-mates Fraser Forster or Victor Wanyama speak like that when they left Celtic.”
McAvennie was responding to Van Dijk’s criticism of Celtic, that he spoke about last week with AD.NL.
The Dutch centre-back claimed that he has already learned more with the Saints than he did with Celtic, despite playing just five games for his new team.
It is correct that Van Dijk needed a move away from Parkhead to continue his development, but he should not have acted so ungrateful for the chance to show his talents in Scotland.
He played consistent first-team football with the Bhoys, proving himself as a talented player, even if he did occasionally let the side down in European competitions.
Van Dijk was never going to stay with Celtic past the summer, having achieved all he could with the side, and Southampton are the perfect club to allow him to continue his development.
However, he has bad mouthed his former team, something that neither Fraser Forster nor Victor Wanyama did when they switched Celtic for St Mary’s Stadium.
Van Dijk would have been wise to thank Celtic for the chance they gave him, rather than criticising the state of their football, now that he has got the move he wanted to the Premier League.