Former Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk has urged his former Celtic team-mate, Kieran Tierney to not rush his Celtic exit as he continues to impress, the Daily Record report.

The two came up against each other last night as Tierney captained Scotland for the first time as they narrowly came out on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline against van Dijk’s Netherlands on Thursday night.

Van Dijk was at Celtic when Tierney debuted for the Hoops back in 2015 at Dundee, and when asked about the full back’s progression, the Southampton defender was full of praise for his former teammate.

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He’s been doing very well and I think Celtic are very smart to tie him down for the next six years, it’s good to see him as the captain as well. I can remember that day he made his debut at Dundee. Since then he has been progressing every game.

Tierney, 20, has also captained Celtic and played a key role in Brendan Rodgers’ side 63 unbeaten run, a run which is still yet to be broken, something van Dijk feels has gone under the radar in the media. Van Dijk, 26, left Celtic in 2016 and was full of praise for his former side.

It’s amazing and I don’t think people really understand how big an achievement it is. They should get all the credit for it because it’s not something that happens a lot. I’m happy for the club and the fans, and also for the players of course.

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