There are reports today that will alert Newcastle United, and the news north of the border is that Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk has asked to leave Celtic, and by what we witnessed of the Newcastle defense this afternoon, in the 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace, we certainly need defensive reinforcements brought in before Tuesday, otherwise we could struggle a bit this season.
Virgil van Dijk – asks for move?
Virgil van Dijk was a target of Newcastle’s before he signed on at Celtic for just £2.6M last summer from Dutch club Groningen.
Whenever a good player goes to Celtic he automatically gets Champions League football – well at least the qualifying rounds of the competition – but he also will look south to the Premier League – the most popular sports league in the world, with the games shown live around the world – and it’s got to be an attraction.
Celtic were also knocked out of the Champions League last week when they lost 2-1 on aggregate to Slovenian club Maribor, and that was after they got through the previous qualifying round after being beaten 6-1 by Polish club Legia Warsaw.
Legia fielded an ineligible player in the final few minutes of the second leg, and the tie was awarded to Celtic.
Van Dijk is said to be valued at around £8M and Newcastle can afford that – especially when Mike Ashley saw what we would call a disturbing performance from Newcastle this afternoon, when we leaked too many goals against an average side, and had difficulty scoring at the other end, after having so much of the possession.
Since joining Celtic, van Dijk has been impressive in central defense for the Scottish giants. and he played 55 games with 7 goals in Scotland.
We hope this news is accurate and that Newcastle move in for the 23 year-old quickly – we need him.
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