Van Dijk praises Premier League quality

Southampton defender Virgil Van Dijk says he has learned more during his time in the Premier League than his two previous campaigns at former club Celtic.

Dutchman Van Dijk joined the Saints for a fee of £11.5 million during the off-season, following two years at Celtic Park, and has made a solid start to life in England, netting one goal and keeping two clean sheets in his first five appearances.

The defender admits the pace of the Premier League has taken some getting used to following his move, but claims he has gained more from his short time in England than he ever did in the Scottish Premier League.

"At Southampton I am learning so much in every game I play, much more than I did in two years at Celtic," Van Dijk is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

"I feel I have started quite well. I've played five games and it has been tough. The standard is much quicker than in Scotland. The ball is like a pinball machine. You have to concentrate.

"It took me some time to get used to it but I'm doing all right now."