TONIGHT the saga of last summer finally came to an end when Virgil van Dijk finally got his move from Southampton in a world record fee for a defender, joining Liverpool in a £75million deal.
In doing so, Celtic have netted just under £10Million from the sell-on fee. Virgil was also originally sold for £12.5 million so his initial £2.6million transfer fee has earned the club around £22million all in.
Celtic fans knew what kind of talent they had on their hands with Virgil when he played for the club and were positive he would show them down south. After one season, the Dutchman was the best defender in the Premier League and has went from strength to strength.
At the time, some Celtic fans thought Southampton got a bargain when they signed the player for only £12.5million and in a way, they’ve been proven right.
That’s why with all the speculation surrounding Moussa Dembele at the moment, Celtic should not accept a low ball bid for the Frenchman. Even the fake £18million bid quoted by Sky Sports seemed incredibly low. The club should be asking for top dollar for the striker and point to van Dijk as an example of how any team can cash in on a player who made their name in Scotland over the piece.
Southampton has been a club devoid of snobbery and have signed players from the Scottish game on a regular basis for some time. Victor Wanyama, Fraser Forster even Steven Davis have all proven to be top performers for the St Mary’s side.
Many other clubs still want to pull the Scottish game down and give peanuts for our star performers. When Celtic do sell Moussa then he should be going for an incredible fee.