JOHN COLLINS insists Virgil van Dijk is “100 per cent focused” on their Champions League play-off second leg against Malmo tomorrow night.
Collins denied any transfer deal was in place for the 24-year-old to leave Parkhead before the transfer window closes.
As the Hoops prepare to defend their 3-2 advantage, the assistant boss said: “It’s water off a duck’s back. It’s what happens when you’re a good player, there is always speculation.
“He is 100 per cent ready to play. I thought he was terrific for us last week in the first leg and I have no doubt he will be terrific again tomorrow night, as well.
Collins added: “He has made a lot of progress in the last few days and obviously we will give him right up to the last minute to see if he can make it. It’s safe to say he is maybe 50-50.”
Collins said: “It doesn’t bother me one little bit because it’s about performing on the pitch, preparing for the match.
“They can say what they want, it doesn’t affect me and I’m 100 per cent sure it doesn’t affect our players. We don’t need any extra motivation.”