24 Aug Van Dijk’s mind won’t be elsewhere – Collins
Celtic assistant boss John Collins insists Virgil van Dijk is fully focused on their Champions League play-off despite speculation surrounding the defender’s future.
The Hoops moved to dispel reports in Sunday’s papers that Van Dijk was set to miss their second-leg showdown with Malmo because he was set to sign for Southampton in a £10 million deal.
And speaking at Glasgow airport ahead of Tuesday’s showdown in Sweden, Collins says the Dutch star won’t be affected by the rumours.
“Virgil is a 100 per cent ready to play the game, I have no doubt about that,” he said. “He was terrific last week in the first leg and I have no doubt he will be terrific tomorrow night as well.
“I’m hopeful he will be here long-term. The most important thing is that he’s going to be ready for tomorrow night. He’s a huge player for us and he’ll be ready.
“It’s water off a duck’s back. There is always speculation when you are good player but I’m 100 per cent sure Virgil will be focused on performing for us tomorrow night.”
Celtic take a 3-2 lead with them to Sweden. Mikael Lustig remains a doubt after suffering an injury in the first leg.
Collins added: “Mikael is travelling and he’s made a lot of progress in the last few days. We will obviously give him up to the last minute to see if he can make it.
“Safe to say, he’s probably 50/50. We have no other real injury worries at the moment.”