Davie Hay has boldly claimed that the recent huge transfer fee commanded by Virgil van Dijk’s move from Southampton to Liverpool should encourage Celtic to only accept big money for star player Moussa Dembele.
Van Dijk is set to complete a move to Liverpool for £75million, and Hay believes that if Dembele leaves the Hoops in the January transfer window then the Celtic Park board should hold out for at least £30million.
“If this week’s sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool showed anything, it is that Celtic should not be selling players to England on the cheap”, he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“And if it turns out, as I think it might, that Moussa Dembele leaves Celtic in the current transfer window then he should be allowed to go for less than £30million. The Parkhead club are well within their rights to get what the player is worth.”
The 21-year-old has been widely linked with a host of clubs, most recently Brighton but manager Chris Houghton recently revealed to the Daily Star that the stories weren’t true.
Dembele had a superb first season with the Hoops, scoring 32 goals including three in the Champions League group stages as Brendan Rodgers’ side swept all before them on the way to a first domestic treble since 2011.
This season the French under-21 international has been far less prolific due to injury problems, but he still managed to score a memorable goal against PSG in this season’s Champions League group stage.
Dembele, who was left on the bench for the Bhoys’ 2-0 win over Dundee on Boxing Day, is set to return to the starting line-up for the Old Firm derby against Rangers, a team that he scored five goals against last season.
In other Celtic news, a report has linked West Ham to Dembele