Arsenal are hopeful of attaining an settlement with Celtic for Tierney regardless of failing with £15m and £25m bids for the 22-year-old Scotland world previous this summer season.
It’s understood the Scottish champions are keeping out for a price of £30m from the Gunners.
Tierney has risen thru the ranks at Celtic to turn out to be one in all the Scottish Premiership’s standout gamers in fresh seasons and Van Dijk, who shared a dressing room with the full-back in Glasgow, used to be conscious about his former team-mate’s skill early on.
Van Dijk has long past from power to power since securing a transfer south of the border again in 2015 – when he left Celtic to sign up for Southampton – and the Dutchman has subsidized Tierney for identical good fortune in England.
‘It is not an easy step to make and you have to play well to do it but he has the qualities,’ Van Dijk stated when requested about Arsenal’s pastime in Tierney.
‘Kieran made his debut towards Dundee when I used to be at Celtic.
‘I scored a free-kick up there and then he came on and helped us get the win. You could tell he was a good player who would do well.’.
Van Dijk returned to Scotland at the weekend as Liverpool misplaced 3-0 to Napoli at Murrayfield and loved the instance regardless of the outcome.
‘I enjoyed being back on Sunday a lot. It is always great to be in Scotland,’ he stated.
‘The remaining time I used to be right here it used to be with my nationwide group once we performed Scotland at Pittodrie. It has been some time.
‘It has always been good to play here.’.
Tierney’s Scotland team-mate, Andy Robertson, has additionally tipped his compatriot for large issues amid hypothesis of a imaginable transfer to Arsenal.
‘I’ve performed with KT for Scotland and he’s performed proper again and centre again. I’ve watched him and he’s an excellent footballer,’ the Liverpool star informed Sky Sports.
‘Last season he clearly had his damage issues.
‘Whatever happens with KT is up to him and the people around him. He’ll make the proper selection.
‘He’s a Celtic boy thru and thru and you’ll be able to’t take that clear of him.
‘Let’s see the way it unfolds. Good success to him no matter he does.’