Virgil Van Dijk has been a revelation since joining Liverpool. He proved himself to be a Champions League hero, with a goal in the midweek 3-1 win over Bayern Munich.
It should not be forgotten that Van Dijk’s road to Anfield began at Celtic. The centre-back was exceptional in his time in Glasgow. That lead to a move to Southampton, and then eventually a World record move to Liverpool.
An example to follow
When players are thinking about joining Celtic, they should look to the success of Van Dijk as an example of what can be done if you play well in Scotland.
It must be accepted that Celtic are a stepping stone to teams in England and abroad. The Hoops’ plan is to buy players for cheap and sell them for big money. That is what happened with Van Dijk, and what should happen in the future.
Entice players to join
When Peter Lawwell and the rest of the staff sit down with prospective new signings, Van Dijk has to be the example that is used to entice players to join.
The player at Celtic who could be the next Van Dijk is Odsonne Edouard. The Hoops might have spent big on the player. But if he continues to improve, the Hoops will more than make their money back on the player. Celtic’s transfer policy must be considered a success when you see how well Van Dijk has done. It must continue to be the bedrock of Celtic for a long time to come.