Southampton's Virgil van Dijk in action with Newcastle's Siem De Jong
Former Liverpool boss Rodgers has been made the new Celtic manager following the departure of Ronny Deila.
Van Dijk played under Deila at the Scottish Premiership giants, and he has admitted his disappointment at the departure of the Norwegian manager and his assistant John Collins.
New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
The Netherlands international central defender, though, has backed Rodgers to be a success at Celtic Park, although the Dutchman believes that the new boss will be under pressure.
“It is an exciting appointment,” Van Dijk told The Scottish Sun about Rodgers’s appointment as the Celtic manager. “The new manager will have the same level of expectation on his shoulders as previous Celtic bosses — to win the league and qualify for the Champions League. That’s only natural. “
Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila
“I’m pleased for everyone for the five in a row achievement,” added the Dutchman. “But I am disappointed for Ronny Deila and John Collins.
“I trained every day with John, and we would often do extra work together. His drive impresses me, and he tries to get the maximum out of every player, every day.”
Rodgers is a very good manager, and he is certainly someone that the Celtic fans should be optimistic about.
The former Liverpool and Swansea City manager could attract some good players, and that is certainly going to be helpful in the Hoops’ quest to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League next season.
Celtic are also likely to face a tougher challenge in the Scottish Premiership next season, largely due to the return of Old Firm rivals Rangers to the Scottish top flight.
In 34 league appearances for Southampton this past season, the Dutchman scored three goals, created nine chances, had a pass accuracy of 83% and a shot accuracy of 40%, and won 158 headers, 16 dribbles and 44 tackles.
New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers poses with the Celtic shirt after the press conference