Celtic Want To Keep Top Defender – But He Wants To Leave


There was news over the weekend that Virgil van Dijk wants to leave Celtic and try his luck south of the border in the English Premier League, but Celtic are anxious to keep the talented 23 year-old Dutch defender at the club.

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Virgil van Dijk – staying put?

The player has been unsettled at Celtic Park, with all the interest being shown in him by Premier League clubs including Newcastle, but new manager Ronny Deila insists he is not going anywhere today:

“He is a very important player for us and we have told him that there is no chance he is going to leave.” ‘He is too important to us, so there is no chance we will let him go during this window. We couldn’t replace him.”

“We talked about it. He wishes to get to a new stage. He is a young player and a young man and he will get many chances in his career.” “But now we need him here and he knows that and that is how it is going to be.”

“His girlfriend is also pregnant and due soon. So he hasn’t had the right focus, he wouldn’t have been 100 per cent today – that is why he didn’t play.”

“I think it’s no problem when we told him, but he needs a couple of days to get this out of his system, get thinking positively again.”

Celtic have every right to sell the player he has to stay at Celtic Park because he is under contract.

But Newcastle and other clubs have found it is difficult to keep players who want to leave, and we’ve had that experience with a number of our best players like Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and recently Mathieu Debuchy and they are at other clubs now.

It;s very difficult to keep them when they want to play elsewhere and see it as a big career opportunity.

We have no idea if Celtic can be persuaded to sell the Dutch U21 International today – but he would be a great signing for Newcastle – that’s for sure.

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29 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #1

    11Jeff from Benwell // Sep 1, 2014 at 8:19 AM
    Every blogger must have come into contact with people whose sole objective is disruption be it work or school for whatever reason““““The standard solution is isolation
    On that note Jeff, it’s time you found our own exclusive blog.

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #2

    this will be the worst stage for him to perform on
    he is not coming here any way.
    thoughts, celtics way to run a club take note dick-head

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  • neilinho

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Jermain Defoe anybody?

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  • hibbit

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #4

    are benwell jeff and bills son the same

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #5

    no chance how about jonny depp

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  • roblee7

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Jermain Defoe – Yes please! Proven Premier League goalscorer, something we currently do not have!

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  • JAMSHA(PARDEW SLAYER)

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #7

    PARDEW OUT PARDEW OUT…… NO PLAYERS COMEING IN….. our squad is still small u clow our roster isnt full

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Jail for Ashley “`quite quick witted for you“`there is hope yet

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Today sees the same old story developing in Newcastles deadline day. It follows an unusually productive early window, with 3 forwards, 2 creative mfs, 1 cmf, 1 rb and a cb and gk who were loaned back out, all entering the club. However, it seems that none of thr forwards are going to be prolific, and we are still short of the one player we DEFINITELY need (a quality cb). Again, we have apparently won the race to sign a quality player in an essential position, and have come up short (if reports are to be believed) on the players contract requirements. Add this to the fact that we also may lose a CB on loan, then we see that nothing has changed, and what was looking like a positive window is rapidly turning sour. We are AGAIN having to hope that Pardew can lose his fear (a fear he has so far failed to shake furing his tenure) and use the players he has positively and in their right positions. Most (including me now) have given up hope that pardew can do this, and are resigned to another season of boring, defensive football that might just about land us 10th. Sorry to put a downer on your day, but thats what i see this morning 🙁

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #10

    Firebug

    I get the feeling with parsnip repeatedly saying the “roster is full” he’ll no doubt lay the blame at bennys door for not leaving, thus not getting any player’s in as “we just couldn’t shift anybody to create some space”. This might not be made public but he’ll allude to it in the near future in a snide underhand way

    Nice to see so called “supporters” with two “favourite” teams can just decide to stop following Newcastle! Who the fcuk could do that? Shown for what he truly was….a cockend!
    Won’t say I told you so 😉

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  • WestOzMag

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #11

    What does Pardew have to do to get the chop. Surely he has ticked all the boxes. I really thought a head butt on an opposing player was the end. i thought that results last season was the end. I even thought that the draw on the weekend would have put more doubt in Ashley’s mind.

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Welcome to the club mark. Have you paid your subs?

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  • geordie157

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #13

    So Defoe is being linked.

    If we loaned out mbiwa and got alderwiereld and Defoe, that would do me until Jan.

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  • lesh

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Looks as though there’ll be no.more incomers til January and again, Ashley’s managing the finances as though there was no money available.

    Yes, keep a grip on the finances but we’ve been crying out for a quality CB and striker for months and the cynic in me tells me that any moves to recruit Remy and Lacazette have been nowt more than spin. They’ve known that those two wouldn’t be available. What happens if Cisse breaks down?

    We’ve watched good CBs be signed by other clubs and if Ashley wanted to get van Dijk in, all he’s got to do is give Charnley the scope to make Celtic an.offer they won’t refuse. But, will that happen? Nepe!

    Now if we were to keep Mbiwa, then he must be played and if it means dropping Colo, then so be it, do it and play Mbiwa alongside Willo.

    I can’t hold Pardew responsible for Ashley’s actions and he must be as frustrated as hell – again, he’ll be expected to manage with limited resources. He’ll not be sacked unless he really fouls up or speaks out and like him.or not, we’re stuck with him.

    So, all those that want Pardew sacked, just forget it and remember, he’s the one who takes the flack which in turn can only damage players’ spirits

    So, while Pardew does have limitations and won’t walk (would you walk from a well paid job if I didn’t have to? I wouldn’t!), we’ll have no choice than to look forward to yet another season of frustration and fan discontent.

    I hope that any profits previously accrued will be regarded as cash carried forward each year n the accounts and the pile becomes such that it’ll allow Ashley to call in the club’s debt and sell the club at a price which reflects its potential.

    What hope of that in the near future

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  • geordie157

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Guessing we’ve had no interest in Jonas or Fergs.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Nothing’s changed. Net spend poor. No quality striker or cb no cover for playmaker. Expect a relegation battle. Regime morons.

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  • Average_Contents

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Do you know what mark? That statement is bang on the money but the worst bit you failed to mention is he’ll lie and say we play on the front foot offering a “reel fret”

    THAT’S what does my fcuking head in!

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  • WestOzMag

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #18

    How old is Defoe? and has he not been cutting the mustard at Toronto?

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  • theartfuldodger

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Ahh….the usual transfer deadline day rumblings…

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  • welshgeordie9

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #20

    10Average_Contents // Sep 1, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Carry on in what you do best.

    Bitch and moan like a school kid.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Average_Contents

    I think the problem with moving on players is our asking prices. Ashley is a greedy man and wants to scrape the last penny from a poor man’s pocket.

    Most of the players the club want rid of should have been moved out weeks ago. It’s ironic to think that Pardrew rabbits on about over inflated prices for our transfer targets, but stay quiet about our asking prices for dead wood or fringe players.

    The owners greed will be the clubs downfall, other clubs know we buy cheap to sell on at a profit, and while that’s good business sense, it can be taken to the extreme.

    In all honesty the could haver just released Jonas and Obertan to get them of the wage bill, but greed means that will never happen.

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  • Pottz

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #22

    Why don’t they just pay up ferguson and vuckic’s contracts and make space in the squad? After all they can’t be on that much of a wedge!

    Or am I missing something?

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  • Markaccus

    Sep 1, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #23

    AC

    Its not that i blame him for everything, or moan at everything he says, but i feel i have given him enough time to shake his negativity.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #24

    the fans have to target pardue at every game make his life hell its the only way to get him out

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  • bladeuser

    Sep 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #25

    I hate saying this but i and most fans must have got to this stage i hope we lose the next seven games that is pardews bench mark
    i dont know if ashley will sack him then but even he could not take the abuse that would come his way
    this is the only way to save this club from relegation as it would give the next manager time to do something
    pardew is one of the worst managers this club has had if u take into account his arrogance his tactics his lies and excuses we must have the worst pair ever in an owner/manager partnership
    on a lighter note please do not waste your time watching the minutes tick down on sky sports as we all know business is complete even though if u work it out we have actually spent virtually nothing as the nine signings of not great quality add up to what we got in for cabaye and debs the one bright spark is arrons who cost sod all and who still cannot get a start with this moron in charge what odds on a bid in january by an ambicious club for him

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  • WestOzMag

    Sep 1, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #26

    So welshgeordie is back then??
    Previous post

    Right I’ve had enough of this crap, just to let everybody i won’t be following newcastle now and won’t be on this blog not until pardew goes, won’t be signing anybody tomorrow, give it another 2 or 3 games and newcastle will be deep trouble, from now on i will supporting my local.

    Take care everybody

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  • neilinho

    Sep 1, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #27

    WestOzMag : Defoe is 31 and has 15 goals in 16 games for Toronto.

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  • WestOzMag

    Sep 1, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #28

    Hibbit and bladeuser – Agreed, you said it all for me

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  • WestOzMag

    Sep 1, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #29

    Thanls for the stats nellinho – That’s a decent return. Maybe worth a punt then. We need some epl experience

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