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Should Celtic make cheeky loan bid for Southampton's Virgil van Dijk?

Virgil van Dijk of Southampton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on December 28, 2016...

Southampton appear no closer to resolving the future of Virgil van Dijk, should Celtic offer a temporary solution?

Virgil van Dijk of Southampton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on December 28, 2016...

Southampton have been determined all summer to make a stand and refuse to sell Virgil van Dijk.

The centre-back has not featured so far this season and is training with the under-18 team after his transfer request was flatly rejected.

At present there is no sign of a resolution between the two parties, and the Saints do not wish to let him leave for a Premier League rival.

Enter Celtic?

Virgil van Dijk of Southampton reacts during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Norwich City and Southampton at Carrow Road on January 7, 2017 in Norwich, England.

The stand off presents Scottish champions Celtic with an opportunity to try and take Van Dijk temporarily, two years after selling him to the Saints.

Van Dijk does not want to be at Southampton any longer, and while the club prefer not to sell him, they cannot want him hanging around as a distraction all season long.

Virgil van Dijk of Southampton looks on during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on December 28, 2016 in Southampton, England.

Southampton could deem sending him on loan to the Scottish Premiership as a punishment, but for Van Dijk it could be terrific.

He will get the opportunity to play football regularly, something which at present he cannot take for granted.

Most appealing of all, is the prospect of featuring in Celtic's Champions League campaign.

There isn't any hope of Celtic being able to afford the £60 million Southampton want for him permanently, but for one season only, or even just until January, the Scottish champions should make clear to the Saints that they will happily take him off their hands.

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