Kieran Tierney says Virgil van Dijk congratulated him

Dedryck Boyata, Tomas Rogic and Kieran Tierney of Celtic of Celtic react at full time during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Celtic FC and Bayern Muenchen at Celtic Park on...

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk played for Kieran Tierney’s current club Celtic.

Leigh Griffiths of Celtic and Kieran Tierney of Celtic celebrate victroy after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in...

Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has revealed to The Scottish Sun that Southampton star Virgil van Dijk congratulated him after the match between Scotland and the Netherlands on Thursday evening.

Scotland and the Netherlands faced each other at the Pittodrie Stadium in a friendly international match.


Memphis Depay’s goal in the 40th minute proved to be the difference between the two sides, as the Dutch won 1-0.

Kieran Tierney of Celtic controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round First Leg match between Celtic FC and FK Astana at Celtic Park on August 16, 2017 in...

Celtic defender Tierney featured for Scotland in the match, as he started the game and played for the entire 90 minutes.

A left-back by trade, the 20-year-old was deployed as a centre-back against the Dutch, and the youngster gave a good account of himself.

Southampton central defender Van Dijk played for the Netherlands, and Tierney has revealed that the former Celtic star congratulated him after the match.

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...

“I actually spoke to Virgil van Dijk after the match and he congratulated me,” Tierney told The Scottish Sun.

“I learned from him when I was coming through at Celtic because he was centre back when I was left back a few times. Obviously, to learn off of him and see how well he’s done recently is great for me.”

Van Dijk joined Celtic from Groningen in 2013 and played for the Glasgow giants until 2015 before moving to Premier League club Southampton for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £13 million.

The Dutchman is one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League, and him congratulated the Celtic defender shows just how big an impression Tierney made on him.

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