By Alex Taylor
Virgil Van Dijk has revealed what Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers must do to become a legend at his new club.
The Southampton centre-back and former Celtic player believes the northern Irishman will be revered if he wins a sixth consecutive Scottish title and steers the club into the group stages of the Champions League.
“I wish Celtic the best of luck,” Van Dijk told the Scottish Sun. “I hope Brendan Rodgers qualifies for the Champions League and wins six [titles] in a row. He will be on the way to becoming a legend if he achieves achieve both things.”
Rodgers managed his last game of football in October 2015 for Liverpool. The 43-year-old manager was sacked under an hour after drawing the Merseyside derby 1-1, leaving his side in 10th place after eight games.
His new job will represent his first managerial position in Scotland and Rodgers will be under no illusions as to what’s expected of him at his new club. Celtic have been out of the Champions League for two seasons after failing to win their qualification games on both occasions, most recently losing to Malmo 4-3 on aggregate under the now sacked Ronnie Delia.
Having played in 115 games in just three years in the Scottish Premier League for Celtic, Van Dijk reminded Rodgers about the importance of performing well in the Scottish game:
“There is tremendous pressure and a huge level of expectation. It’s tough, but you must be able to cope.
“There is no hiding place for anyone. We were extremely disappointed at missing out in the past two seasons on the Champions League, and I hope the team don’t have that feeling again.”
Despite his relative success in English football Rodgers is yet to win a major trophy at any of the club’s he has managed, something that will have to change if his time in Scotland is to be a success.