Charlie Mulgrew insists Celtic's Virgil van Dijk is good enough to play for Holland

Last Updated: 15/02/14 1:51pm

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Virgil van Dijk (l): Gets backing from team-mate Charlie Mulgrew

Virgil van Dijk (l): Gets backing from team-mate Charlie Mulgrew

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Celtic utility man Charlie Mulgrew insists team-mate Virgil van Dijk has done enough to earn a place in Holland's World Cup squad.

Van Dijk has impressed since arriving at Celtic Park last summer from FC Groningen, starring in a Hoops defence that has not conceded a league goal since 23 November.

And the consistency of the Dutch defender has seen the 22-year-old tipped for a place in his country's squad for the finals in Brazil this summer.

Mulgrew does not believe Van Dijk's chances are hindered by playing for Celtic, after goalkeeper Fraser Forster was called up by England.

He said: "I'd give Virgil my backing for a World Cup call-up. He's a top player and is still young. He's got plenty of time on his side.

"From what I've seen of him and from training with him, he's good enough to be in the Holland squad.

"You could see from day one of his time here that he was a good player and he has got all the attributes.

"He has improved during his eight months here too and is getting better all the time.

"He's a typical Dutch centre-back - really good on the ball and really composed. He makes it look easy at times.

"Is it harder to get a call-up for a country like Holland when you're playing in Scotland? I don't know, maybe it is but I don't know why it should be."

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