Monday 11 December 2017

Van Dijk: 'I'll be still one of the Bhoys at final'

Virgil van Dijk of Celtic breaks clear of Nicky Law of Rangers during the Scottish League Cup Semi-Final
Virgil van Dijk of Celtic breaks clear of Nicky Law of Rangers during the Scottish League Cup Semi-Final

Virgil van Dijk believes he will still be a Celtic player by the time they take on Dundee United in next month's QTS Scottish League Cup final - because the Hoops insist he is not for sale.

The January transfer window shuts on Monday night but so far reported suitors Arsenal, Southampton and Sunderland have yet to make a move, despite apparently keeping tabs on the Dutchman.

That would leave the defender free to face Dundee United in the March 15 trophy decider after he helped Celtic to a 2-0 win over Rangers on his Old Firm debut.

Asked about his future, Van Dijk said: "Interest is fine, it's always good to have people watching you but I can do nothing with interest and it looks like Celtic don't want to sell me so it looks like I'm staying here.

"I'm happy here of course because Celtic is an amazing club and I love being here."

Van Dijk had one of his easiest afternoons in a green and white jersey as the Parkhead side clinched victory in the first derby clash in three years.

Leigh Griffiths headed Ronny Deila's men in front after 10 minutes before Kris Commons wrapped up the win on the half-hour with a 20-yard screamer.

Celtic were last night closing in on the signings of Dundee United pair Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven ahead of the transfer deadline.

Celtic have succeeded with a reported bid of £1.6million for Armstrong while they are set to push through a £250,000 transfer for Mackay-Steven, who was already committed to a summer move to Parkhead.

The signings will severely weaken United ahead of their League Cup final against Celtic and the Tannadice club failed in an initial bid to tempt Hibernian to sell former Terrors midfielder Scott Allan.

Celtic have also been linked with a move for Kilmarnock forward Robbie Muirhead and they look set to tie up a move for Derry City forward Michael Duffy, who has held talks at Celtic Park.

Hamilton are set for a huge financial boost after accepting a £1million-plus bid from Norwich for top goalscorer Tony Andreu.

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