Dutch call-up talk big yawn for Celtic ace

VIRGIL VAN DIJK today revealed he will probably know by early next week if he has any chance of making the Dutch squad for this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

Loading Comments
Virgil van Dijk does not hold out much hope of being named in Holland's World Cup finals squad
Virgil van Dijk does not hold out much hope of being named in Holland's World Cup finals squad

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal will announce his preliminary squad on Monday for some key friendlies in the build-up to the tournament.

And Hoops' defensive ace Van Dijk, who has failed to make the Dutch squad on any previous occasion, says he is not holding his breath and is already planning to book a summer holiday which will help him avoid watching the greatest show on earth on telly.

Van Dijk said: "I have never had a call-up before and, with the Holland squad being announced on Monday, if I am not in it then I can forget about it and concentrate on booking my holiday for the summer.

"It has always been a dream of mine to be in the Dutch squad and I know that everybody has been talking about it - but not Van Gaal.

"So, it all comes down to Monday and, although it is great that many people have been talking about me being in it, the only person whose opinion matters is the coach."

The poor perception of the SPFL Premiership abroad is seen by many as the decisive factor in leaving the outstanding stopper at home.

But Van Dijk said: "The competition in Holland is not that good and the point is that I have played in some very big games against big teams like Barcelona in the Champions League.

"So I have already competed against the best strikers in the world. I think there were some good games, but I still didn't get a call-up."

Such is Van Dijk's dismay at his prospects of a call-up by the seemingly Manchester United-bound Van Gaal, that the Celt is determined to avoid watching as the action unfolds in Brazil, where his country will meet holders Spain, Chile and Australia in the group stage.

He said: "I don't think I'll watch. I want to go on holiday and take a rest for next season. Would it be tough to watch because I'm not in the squad? I don't know. I don't think I'm going to watch it anyway."

But the stopper has had his spirits lifted by team-mate Kris Commons' triumph as PFA Scotland's Premiership Player of the Year award.

And that is despite the fact his 27-goal team-mate pipped him to the accolade.

Van Dijk said: "Kris has been fantastic this season. He has scored a lot of goals and has been very important for the team. I'm delighted for him.

"It was just an honour to be nominated alongside him and Fraser Forster. But Kris is a most deserved winner."


Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.


Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
A weekly round up of social highlights

A weekly round up of social highlights

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

The Look Awards, a bra fitting and going veggie at Usha’s.




Gail’s Gab

Gail’s Gab

Gail Sheridan is a mother-of-one and wife to Tommy and she likes to get political with the hot topic of the week in her column Gail’s Gab.

Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Sussed in the City

Jam packed with Empire biscuit making.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.