Celtic rubbish reports that £10m Virgil van Dijk is heading to Southampton ahead of Champions League showdown with Malmo

  • Celtic face Malmo in Champions League qualifier second leg on Tuesday
  • Hoops have dismissed reports Virgil van Dijk is leaving for Southampton
  • Defender was one of several players rested for Dundee United victory 

Virgil van Dijk will play for Celtic in their crunch Champions League play-off clash with Malmo on Tuesday night.

Reports suggest that Southampton had won the race to sign the 24-year-old Dutch defender in a £10million deal, and that consequently he would miss the second leg in Sweden to join up with the south coast club.

However, a spokesman for the Scottish champions told Sportsmail: 'The story is absolute nonsense and Virgil will play on Tuesday. We have no agreement with any club.'

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk is not heading to Southampton before his side's European clash with Malmo

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk is not heading to Southampton before his side's European clash with Malmo

The in-demand Dutchman celebrates Nir Britton's goal in the first leg 3-2 Champions League qualifier victory

The in-demand Dutchman celebrates Nir Britton's goal in the first leg 3-2 Champions League qualifier victory

Van Dijk, linked with several English clubs, was one of nine players left out by Hoops boss Ronny Deila for the 3-1 Ladbrokes Premiership win over Dundee United at Tannadice on Saturday, with the trip to Malmo in mind.

Celtic lead 3-2 from the first leg in Glasgow, with entry into the group stages reportedly set to earn the Glasgow club at least £16m.

Van Dijk was one of nine players rested for the weekend's 3-1 Premiership victory over Dundee United

Van Dijk was one of nine players rested for the weekend's 3-1 Premiership victory over Dundee United

 

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