Celtic legend Frank McAvennie has criticised Virgil van Dijk for the comments he made this week.

  • By Himanshu Dhingra
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van dijk dsouVan Dijk completed his move to Southampton from the Scottish champions and had this to say about it, “At Southampton I am learning so much in every game I play, much more than I did in two years at Celtic,”

“I feel I have started quite well. I’ve played five games and it has been tough. The standard is much quicker than in Scotland.”

His comments have not gone down too well and this is what McAvennie had to say to the Daily Record, “I can’t believe he’s having a go at Celtic and Scottish football when he’s only been five minutes in the job.”

“I’d like to think he’d have been more respectful of Celtic for the platform they gave him to get his move to England. It’s wrong to bite the hand that’s been feeding you for the last two years.

“I always thought he had the makings of a good centre-half and he had to move on to develop himself further.

“But his words makes it sound like he was too good for Scottish football and Celtic were holding him back – when the reality is he was caught out a few times, even in domestic games.

“His performances in Europe were found wanting and that’s an area where he certainly didn’t get pass marks.”

Even though the 24 year old has started well and received his first national call up this month tougher tests lie ahead for the defender.

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