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Success of Liverpool duo van Dijk, Robertson hasn't changed Scotland perception - ​Brattbank

Former Celtic star Harald Brattbakk says that success from the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Andy Robertson is not changing the perception of Scottish football.

Many see the Scottish Premiership as a second tier league comparable to the English Championship.

And Brattbakk thinks it is hard to break such a mindset, even if you see the likes of Van Dijk and Robertson leaving Scottish clubs for England and reaching the very top.

"A lot of good players in Scotland are not rated high enough because they think that Scottish football is not good enough," ex-Norway international striker Brattbakk told the Glasgow Times.

"Van Dijk had to go to Southampton and play two seasons before Liverpool thought he was good enough. They could have bought him for £50 million straight from Celtic but they had to pay £25m more from Southampton. That's unfair.

"But it shows that there are so many good players in Scotland – even going back to the likes of Henrik Larsson who scored 50 goals a season and went on to win Champions League with Barcelona.

"Andrew Robertson, too. There are so many quality players in the Scottish system and I just hope that more get the chance to play for Scottish teams, but also if they want to move on, then it's possible."

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