Van Dijk considers Celtic departure after Champions League exit

The Dutch centre-back admits that he is uncertain of where his future lies after the Bhoys were dumped out of Europe by Malmo on Tuesday, with the Saints reportedly keen

Southampton target Virgil van Dijk will consider his Celtic future if “the right opportunity” is presented to him before the transfer deadline.

The Dutch defender has long been linked with a move to St Mary’s Stadium and Celtic’s Champions League elimination on Tuesday could open the door to his departure from the Scottish champions.

“I’m very disappointed and it’s a terrible way if it ends like this,” Van Dijk told Sky Sports after their loss to Malmo. “I don’t know what is going to happen.

“I’m not looking for anything. [Celtic] is a great place to be and they gave me a great opportunity to show myself so I’m very thankful for that.

“But if the opportunity comes and it’s the right opportunity for me, then I’ll consider it, yeah, but that’s what every player, I think, would do.

“It’s still difficult. Celtic is an amazing club and I am very thankful for what they did for me. We’ll see what is going to happen.”