Celtic’s Dutch centre back Virgil van Dijk believes he has done enough for the SPL champions this season to deserve a place in the Netherlands squad.

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van dijk ceSince moving to Scotland from Groningen in the summer, Van Dijk has impressed a number of people with some classy performances for Celtic. This week the defender was named among the five candidates to win SPL player of the year.

However it seems Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is the only one not impressed by Van Dijk so far this season, with the 22-year-old yet to earn a call up to the national team.

On his snub from the Netherlands squad, Van Dijk is quoted in the Scottish Herald saying, “I think I should be given a chance, definitely,”

“That is my opinion. Everyone has their own thoughts and the coach’s ones are the most important.

“People in Holland are saying I should get an opportunity, but they are not the most important people to be saying that. If the coach doesn’t invite me, it is not going to happen. I was never nominated in Holland.

“I wouldn’t say I am hoping to go to the World Cup, though. I think it is a dream. Every player dreams of going to the World Cup and I certainly do, but I have had no invitation as yet, so that means there is nothing to be hopeful about. If I am not going, I will just head off on holiday to rest and get ready for next season.”

Van Dijk will find out if he has made the provisional squad for the World Cup next month when Louis van Gaal sends in his first draft before it is finalised in June.

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