“This is the happiest I’ve been since coming here. To have the feeling that we can keep the best players and also bring in better players to the club is good. That’s the first time in three or four years.

“We have had good seasons but then the best players have gone south and we replace them with players from the Scottish league. Okay, Stuart [Armstrong] has been brilliant but to get Moussa and Scotty from England helps. They have made a really big impact. To be part of this club right now is really good. The players here have done brilliantly and any new player has to prove they want to work and play here.”

This season alone Premier League champions Chelsea have been heavily linked with moves for stars Craig Gordon and Moussa Dembele, while a number of Premier League sides have also been linked to Stuart Armstrong.

However, Gordon has since signed a new contract at the Glasgow giants and manager Brendan Rodgers will be sure to order the club to keep hold of both Dembele and Armstrong, who are key parts of his team.

The Northern Irishman completed a domestic treble in his first season at the club and his next target will be to take Celtic further than the group stages in the Champions League.

In other Celtic news, Neil Lennon has revealed what he told Van Dik during his first day at the club.

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