The defender moved from Groningen to Celtic 12 months ago and has starred for the Scottish Premiership outfit in his debut season, with his performances earning him a nomination for SPFA Player of the Year, an award eventually won by team-mate Kris Commons.
With 44 appearances in all competitions he has been a near ever-present and the 22-year-old Dutchman, who has also chipped in with four goals, now has an eye on a World Cup berth.
Speculation has surrounded Van Dijk's involvement after his impressive season and although he remains uncapped, the player is still hopeful of sneaking a place on the plane to Brazil.
"Every player who has a slight chance can dream of it and I still dream of it," he told Celtic's official website.
"I have never been called up but you never know. I am ready for it, definitely.
"I feel I deserve a chance but it's up to the coach and if I don't get a chance then I'm not good enough so I need to keep improving."