By Sean Fisher

6th Oct, 2022 | 7:10pm

Virgil van Dijk shrugs off Ibrox atmosphere as former Celtic star prepares for Rangers clash

Virgil van Dijk started for Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night as Rangers suffered a 2-0 defeat to stay bottom of Group A.

Liverpool’s trip to Ibrox next week won’t be Van Dijk’s first rodeo. The 31-year-old centre-back spent two years with Celtic before making the switch to the Premier League in 2015.

His time at Celtic Park won’t be forgotten by the Ibrox faithful next week, but the Dutchman is confident that the atmosphere won’t affect him.

Speaking to Liverpool’s club website, Van Dijk said: “The last time I got booed was when I played England in Portugal in the Nations League semi-final and we won, so hopefully if that’s the case and we win then I will have it!

“But I don’t get affected by it, I try to play my best game and in order to do that the focus should be 100 per cent there.

“We know it’s going to be very tough over there with the fans so we have to be ready.”

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Rangers may have endured a torrid start to their Champions League campaign, but nothing will stop fans at Ibrox from ramping up the atmosphere.

Van Dijk is familiar with the Old Firm derby and will know what to expect at Ibrox. but regardless of what he says – he’ll find it tougher there than at most grounds.

Rangers have nothing to lose in next week’s clash, and will desperately be hunting points to try and salvage third place and Europa League qualification.

Hopefully Giovanni van Bronckhorst instructs his side to start brightly and press the opposition relentlessly, and then Van Dijk’s composure will truly be tested.

Frankly, the Reds travel to Glasgow as heavy favourites, and Rangers have often thrived when pegged as underdogs. Ibrox is bound to be bouncing, and it’s guaranteed to be a blockbuster European clash.

It goes without saying that Van Dijk will be given a hard time by Gers fans, and his comments this week will only add more pressure on him.

In other Rangers news, Michael Laudrup rips into Malik Tillman for recent performances