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Virgil: Season can still be a success for us

Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk insists their season will still be a success if they clinch the Scottish Premiership title.

Manager Ronny Deila had targeted the treble in his first season but that dream ended in controversial fashion with a 3-2 Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by Inverness on Sunday.

Deila started with a disastrous Champions League qualifying campaign when Celtic were knocked out by both Legia Warsaw and Maribor, but went on to impress in the Europa League and domestic scene with the League Cup already in the trophy cabinet following an absence of six years.

And Van Dijk is now looking to wrap up the title in style to get over his Hampden disappointment.

Celtic can reopen an eight-point lead over Aberdeen by winning at Dundee tomorrow night ahead of the post-split fixtures.

"If we win the league we still improve from last year," Van Dijk said. "We want to win it as soon as possible and that starts on Wednesday.

"The disappointment is very high, everybody is down but we are professionals and we need to focus on Dundee. We need to move on. Wednesday at Dundee is a big game, so we need to be ready for that."

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths accused the match officials of robbing them a cup final appearance after they failed to spot his goal-bound header being stopped by the hand of Inverness defender Josh Meekings when the Hoops were leading 1-0.