Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk was born in Breda, Netherlands on 8 July 1991 (age 29). Follow @VirgilvDijk on Twitter.

Virgil van Dijk · Photo: Vagelis Georgariou

The highly-rated Dutch Under-21 internationalist joined Celtic in the summer of 2013 on a four-year deal from FC Groningen where he had forged a reputation as one of the most promising defenders in the Eredivisie. A tall and commanding centre-back, van Dijk is comfortable on the ball but also relishes the physical contest and is comfortable getting forward.

On the books of Willem II as a youngster, he moved to Groningen as a teenager and was soon making inroads into the first-team.
He became regularly involved during the 2011/12 campaign and his impressive performances earned him international recognition for his country’s Under-21 side. Continuing to excel for Groningen, he started attracting interest from bigger clubs and Celtic won the race for his signature in June 2013.

Van Dijk was a stylish performer for Celtic throughout his first campaign, while he also chipped in with a few goals, most notably a solo effort against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park, which saw him gather the ball on the halfway line and waltz through the opposition before scoring. Under Rony Deila van Dijk has forged an impressive partnership with Jason Denayer at the heart of the Celtic defence, with both defenders also winning plaudits for their scoring capabilities.

Against Inverness in the semi-final of the William Hill Scottish Cup, van Dijk scored a free-kick from distance at the national stadium. He repeated the feat just three days later at Dens Park when he got the second goal of the game to secure his tenth goal of the season.

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Read Celtic · Oct 23

True or False Quiz: How well do you remember Virgil van Dijk’s time with Celtic?

Daily Record · Oct 19

Virgil van Dijk’s Celtic personality change after ‘arrogant’ beginning

67HailHail · Oct 19

Barcelona’s Ronald Koeman says Virgil van Dijk had to “change his personality” after 2015 Celtic departure

Celts Are Here · Oct 18

Cruciate Injury: Former Celtic Hero’s Season Looks Over

Daily Star · Oct 18

Virgil van Dijk ‘snubbed Jordan Pickford’ in aftermath of horror derby tackle

Pundit Exclusive: Celtic have the next ‘Virgil van Dijk’

67HailHail · Oct 17

Former Celtic favourite Virgil van Dijk suffers bad knee injury; could be out for season

The Celtic Star · Oct 14

Video: Shane Duffy selects ex-Celt as dream defensive partner

McLeish Exclusive: Celtic have bid for ‘Terrific’ £25m star who can be like Van Dijk

67HailHail · Sep 18

Chris Sutton blasts Gary Breen on BT Sport; namechecks Virgil Van Dijk and Kieran Tierney

Off the Ball · Sep 14

Will Celtic challenge Duffy? | Van Dijk | Mourinho blaming ‘lazy’ players | OTB AM

Wednesday Rumour Mill – Transfer Latest

VideoCelts · Aug 24

Liverpool rumoured to be looking at Kris Ajer with shades of Virgil van Dijk to the deal

Read Celtic · Aug 18

Three Premier League clubs show interest in Olivier Ntcham

The Celtic Star · Aug 17

On This Day: Virgil Van Dijk makes his Celtic debut in Pittodrie win

Celtic’s Champions League Repeat: Virgil van Dijk Brace

One from the ACSOM Archive: Ronny Deila with A Celtic State of Mind

The Sun · Jul 15

Van Dijk ‘turns into most Arsenal centre-back ever’ after rare horror blunder gifts Lacazette equaliser at The Emirates

VideoCelts · Jul 13

Celtic signing target has reportedly turned down Chinese move

Glasgow Live · Jul 11

Chelsea starlet and Ajax regular – Celtic’s worst signings of the last decade

VideoCelts · Jul 1

‘Merci Celtic, Merci’ Fans react to French Eddie image

VideoCelts · Jun 28

All Over Folks- Another Invincible decides to move on

Transfer Tavern · Jun 27

‘Come home’, ‘Swap for Bolingoli’ – These Celtic fans make plea to Champions League winner

Glasgow Live · Jun 26

Watch: Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson enjoy huge Liverpool title party

The Celtic Star · Jun 26

Celtic pay tribute to former duo as Liverpool win Premier League

67HailHail · Jun 21

Steven Mouyokolo knew weeks into his Celtic career that Virgil van Dijk’s quality would sideline him

The Celtic Star · Jun 21

On This Day: Virgil van Dijk joins Celtic

Daily Record · Jun 21

Former Celtic defender Steven Mouyokolo on Virgil van Dijk and his cruel injury

Glasgow Live · Jun 15

Liverpool and Arsenal stars give Celtic boss Neil Lennon pride

The Celtic Star · Jun 15

Jozo Simunovic reflects on shock Celtic exit

Tribal Football · Jun 15

Lennon says Liverpool star van Dijk was ‘Ferdinand in the making’ at Celtic

Daily Mail · Jun 14

Neil Lennon talks with Chris Sutton on helping to make Virgil van Dijk a world beater

VideoCelts · Jun 10

‘Lifetime contract for the King’ One message from fans to Celtic after Edouard announcement

VideoCelts · Jun 8

How Celtic will cover the ‘Ajer clause’

ACSOM · Jun 8

Kevin Graham with A Celtic State of Mind – Farewell Jozo Šimunović

The Celtic Star · May 30

Simunovic shock as Celtic confirm defender to leave the club

Tribal Football · May 27

Compper insists Celtic defender Ajer can match Van Dijk

Chris Sutton compares Celtic star with Virgil van Dijk

Daily Star · May 26

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk’s career analysed by fellow Dutch hero Jaap Stam

Celts Are Here · May 23

Virgil van Dijk Makes Special Celtic Appearance

The Celtic Star · May 23

Video: Virgil Van Dijk celebrates Celtic’s 9IAR

VideoCelts · May 23

Watch live as over 40,000 Celtic fans join in online title party

The Sun · May 22

Man City rejected chance to sign Virgil van Dijk on cheap in 2015 after ‘not being convinced by quality in Europe’

Daily Star · May 22

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk one red card away from Man City transfer

101 Great Goals · May 21

Man City passed up chance to sign van Dijk, according to former Celtic boss

Sports Mole · May 21

Virgil van Dijk ‘was one game away from joining Manchester City’

Tribal Football · May 21

Ex-Celtic boss Deila: I offered Van Dijk to Man City

TEAMtalk · May 21

Ex-Celtic boss Deila reveals glaring Man City Van Dijk transfer blunder

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