Celtic star Stefan Johansen gives strong response to Virgil van Dijk's controversial comments

Stefan Johansen has offered a strong response to Virgil van Dijk's comments this week.

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen has told The Scottish Sun that he disagrees with Virgil van Dijk's comments, after the Dutchman made controversial statements earlier this week.

Van Dijk, who left Celtic on deadline day in order to join fellow ex-Bhoys stars Fraser Forster and Victor Wanyama at Southampton, told Algemeen Dagblad earlier this week that he has already learned more during his time with the Saints than he did in his two years in Glasgow.

The comments have once again stoked debate over just how good Scottish football is and whether Celtic can really keep their best players with the Premier League so close to them, having lost a number of their stars in recent years.

One such player who may attract interest from English clubs in the near future is midfielder Stefan Johansen, who hit 13 goals for Celtic last season.

The Norwegian international has been asked about Van Dijk's comments, and claimed to The Scottish Sun that he doesn't agree with the Dutch defender's verdict, stating that there isn't that much of a difference between the Scottish Premiership and the Premier League.

"Virgil was one of the best players I have played with at Celtic but the statements he made are down to him," said Johansen. "There are several players who performed well at the top level in England after a transfer from us. Fraser Forster has been good, Victor Wanyama is a solid player in the Premier League and I was never in any doubt Virgil would succeed. I don’t think there is such a big difference in the levels of leagues," he added.

24-year-old midfielder Johansen may be the subject of interest from Premier League clubs soon, and whilst he may wish to one day follow Van Dijk to England, he has made it clear that he doesn't believe that move is too much of a step up from playing in Scotland - something that will be music to the ears of Bhoys fans.

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