Virgil van Dijk was in the Celtic team when Arsenal target Kieren Tierney made his senior football debut who was a teenager back then.
Van Dijk now plying his trade with Liverpool in the Premier League, believes Tierney, however, was destined to cope with the standards set by the Premier League and should succeed at the Emirates.
Since making his senior debut in the 2014/15 season for Celtic, the Scotland international has been consistent when it comes to impressing fans, pundit and professionals alike.
Tierney has established himself as an integral core of the Hoops first-team regular, which has won him numerous trophies and individual performance awards.
The Liverpool centre-back believes that Tierney will succeed in the Premier League in England in the Gunners can secure his £25 million asking price in the coming days.
And according to kiwi pokies, Arsenal are still the overwhelming favourites to sign Kieran Tierney from Celtic after the Gunners reportedly lodged an £18m bid for the defender last month.
Celtic have often seen their star performers moving to mid-table top-flight clubs or even those at the bottom end of the division due the Premier League’s top-flight clubs low regard that the Premiership is held in down south.
Like Victor Wanyama before him Stuart Armstrong and after him Van Dijk joined Southampton for a transfer fee of £13 million in 2015. In 2017, the Dutchman joined Liverpool for mouth-watering £75 million, which today still stands as a record fee for a defender.
Van Dijk, who returned to Anfield briefly for a pre-season friendly against Napoli at Murrayfield on Sunday, said as quoted via Business Times:
“It is not an easy step to make, and you have to play well to do it.
“But he has the qualities.”
Arsenal are desperately in of an option in the central defending and it remains to be seen how the transfer saga will unfold in the next couple of days.
Liverpool, on the hand, had enjoyed an extremely quiet summer so far, with only teenagers Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliot arriving at Anfield but there are chances that the Red could pull a rabbit or two out of the hat if the right deals become available before the deadline a week on Thursday.
It’s less than three weeks until the window gets just and sports betting australia bookies have placed some awesome odds on the Reds on whether one or two transfer would be completed.