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Celtic captain Brown: Van Dijk makes good players ­believe they can be great players

Celtic captain Scott Brown has dubbed Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk the best in the world.

Brown was the Dutchman's captain during Van Dijk's two years north of the border.

He said: “Virgil van Dijk is a Rolls-Royce. He cruised it in the SPL and he's cruising it in the Premier League – he has now shown that he is the best defender in the world.

“What we're seeing from him these days is no surprise to me. The only surprise was that, when he left Celtic, only Southampton came in for him.

“Virgil has that willingness to win, a willingness to get better – he improves week in, week out.

“He played with great players at Celtic and now he's gone to Southampton and Liverpool and played with great players.

“He makes good players ­believe they can be great players as well, and what he has done at Liverpool too is steady the ship.

“He has made that team a hard team to beat and that is due to his work-rate. It's the drive in him, more than anything – you look at him and feel confident.

“One person in the Premier League has beaten him in a one-on-one in 75-odd games. So it's that confidence and belief that he puts in you that oozes through the team."

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