Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk was born in Breda, Netherlands on 8 July 1991 (age 28). 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.

“Nowhere near”, “Miles away” – These Celtic fans react to comparisons between former Celtic star and “average” Hoops ace

Kristoffer Ajer has been compared to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and a number of Celtic fans have reacted to the claim on social media...

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk makes big claim that should interest Fulham and Celtic fans

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has claimed that Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen was the best player he played with at Celtic.

Read Celtic · Apr 1

Virgil van Dijk’s Celtic revelation could leave Brendan Rodgers feeling rather red-faced

Virgil van Dijk surprisingly named Stefan Johansen as the best player he played alongside during his time with Celtic in a tweet which could leave Brendan Rodgers rather red-faced...

Daily Star · Apr 1

Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk names Celtic’s best player he lined up alongside

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk said the best player he shared the pitch with at Celtic was Norwegian midfielder Stefan Johansen, the midfielder who joined the Scottish club at the same time...

Evening Times · Apr 1

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk hails Stefan Johansen as the best player he played with at Celtic

Virgil van Dijk has revealed his shock choice for the best player he played with at Celtic...

Glasgow Live · Apr 1

Virgil van Dijk on Liverpool and Celtic team-mates and his toughest opponent

Van Dijk answers questions from fans during lockdown...

Virgil van Dijk Makes Surprising ‘Special Mention’ for Former Celtic Player

Champions League winner and soon to be Premier League champion Virgil van Dijk took part in a social media Q&A directly with fans on Tuesday.

VideoCelts · Apr 1

The £2m Celtic signing that made a huge impression on Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk has revealed that Stefan Johansen was the best player that he lined up alongside during his two seasons at Celtic.

The Celtic Star · Mar 31

Surprise as Virgil van Dijk names best player he played with at Celtic

LIVERPOOL’S STAR player and Champions League winner Virgil van Dijk has been conducting a question and answer session on social media this evening and inevitably the conversation turned to Celtic.

Daily Record · Mar 31

Virgil van Dijk gives Celtic ‘special mention’ as Liverpool man does Q&A session

The Dutchman was asked to name the best player he played with in Scotland and gave a surprising answer...

Read Celtic · Mar 31

“I need to be better” – Celtic star’s honest criticism of his own game is refreshing to see and could be a timely transfer boost

Kristoffer Ajer has openly addressed the areas of his game he needs to improve on and that could bode well for Celtic’s chances of keeping him this summer...

Glasgow Live · Mar 30

Liverpool and former Celtic flop Virgil van Dijk proves SPFL players can’t cut it in England

Andy Robertson is another player who’s failed to handle the step up...

Glasgow Live · Mar 29

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor on Liverpool star Virgil Van Dijk and his Nakamura inspiration

McGregor reveals his toughest opponent and sings Scott Brown’s praises...

Daily Mail · Mar 28

Callum McGregor hails Scott Brown as best player he has played with ahead of Virgil van Dijk

Callum McGregor believes a decade’s worth of consistency from Scott Brown deserves to be ranked above Virgil Van Dijk’s stunning breakthrough stint at Celtic...

Broony Or Van Dijk? Calmac’s Verdict

SCOTT BROWN gets Callum McGregor’s vote as his best Celtic team-mate – rated higher than £75million Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk.

Sports Mole · Mar 27

Callum McGregor picks Scott Brown over Virgil van Dijk as best Celtic teammate

The Scot was taking part in a Q&A session on Twitter...

TEAMtalk · Mar 27

Former teammate ranks Celtic veteran above Liverpool star Van Dijk

One Celtic midfielder claims that Scott Brown is the best player he has ever played with – despite his time spent alongside Virgil Van Dijk...

Read Celtic · Mar 20

Gallery: Eddy, Dembele and Virgil van Dijk – Deciding Celtic’s best combined XI from the eight-in-a-row run

A question that I’ve been debating since the suspension of football in Scotland until further notice is, what is Celtic’s best XI from those who contributed to the eight-in-a-row run?

Read Celtic · Mar 20

Tweet: Champions League winner makes humorous dig at former Celtic fan favourite

Andy Robertson made a brilliant dig at Virgil van Dijk on Twitter earlier this week, in response to a question about a photo of the pair of them battling for the ball during their respective spells in Scotland...

Metro · Mar 20

Andy Robertson jokes he had Virgil van Dijk in his ‘pocket’ all game when they faced each other

Continue reading “Andy Robertson jokes he had Virgil van Dijk in his ‘pocket’ all game when they faced each other” on Metro.

67HailHail · Mar 20

Jason Denayer knew Celtic teammate Virgil Van Dijk would be successful

Continue reading “Jason Denayer knew Celtic teammate Virgil Van Dijk would be successful” on 67HailHail.

The Celtic Star · Mar 19

Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson get into hilarious Twitter debate over memories of Celtic vs Dundee United

It’s still strange to think that two of the best defenders in the world right now were playing in Scotland not that long ago...

Daily Record · Mar 19

Andy Robertson proves his Celtic superfan status as he trolls Virgil van Dijk

The Scotland skipper took to social media for an impromptu #AskRobbo session amid the coronavirus pandemic...

HITC · Mar 19

£9m international says player Celtic sold for £13m had ‘enormous potential’

Liverpool central defender Virgil van Dijk joined Southampton from Celtic in 2015...

The Boot Room · Mar 18

Celtic urged to beat Rangers in reported race to sign 19-year-old La Liga talent, release clause is £27m

Alan Thompson has backed Celtic’s reported pursuit of Atletico Madrid teen Rodrigo Riquelme, telling Read Celtic he could mirror the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama in coming to Parkhead as an unknown – and leaving for big money...

Tribal Football · Mar 17

Success of Liverpool duo van Dijk, Robertson hasn’t changed Scotland perception – ​Brattbank

Former Celtic star Harald Brattbakk says that success from the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Andy Robertson is not changing the perception of Scottish football.Read more on Tribal Football...

The Celtic Star · Mar 16

‘We are still bringing the title to our fans, definitely,’ defiant star’s message to coronavirus chancers

FORMER Celtic Star Virgil van Dijk could have been speaking for his old club as well when we gave his view on the certainty that whatever happened Liverpool are going to be crowned English Premier League Champions...

The Boot Room · Mar 12

TBR View: 21-year-old Van Dijk successor wants a new challenge, Arsenal must pounce

It’s no secret that Arsenal could do with bolstering their defensive ranks this summer, the Gunners back line having been an Achilles’ heel for quite a while now...

PLZ Football Podcast: Episode 14: Kris Doolan reveals ‘hurtful’ Partick Thistle axe under Caldwell

Peter, Roughie and Tam Cowan are joined by Partick Thistle legend Kris Doolan as he opens up on his ‘hurtful’ exit from Fir Hill under ex-Jags boss Gary Caldwell and his regret at missing out on saying goodbye to the fans.

67HailHail · Feb 27

Celtic’s Christopher Jullien four goals from overtaking Virgil Van Dijk’s 2015 tally

Continue reading “Celtic’s Christopher Jullien four goals from overtaking Virgil Van Dijk’s 2015 tally” on 67HailHail.

Read Celtic · Feb 26

“Yes he can”, “Make it happen” – these Celtic fans are confident current star can beat Virgil van Dijk’s Hoops record

Many Celtic fans believe that current defender Christopher Jullien will beat Virgil van Dijk’s single-season scoring record.

The Celtic Star · Feb 26

Christopher Jullien Describes Copenhagen Second Leg As Biggest Of His Career

Christopher Jullien joined Celtic for £7m in the summer.

Daily Record · Feb 26

Celtic star Christopher Jullien echoes Virgil van Dijk as he raves about Neil Lennon’s qualities

The £7m defender has enjoyed an impressive debut season and is targeting a place in the last 16 after last week’s 1-1 draw with Copenhagen...

Virgil van Dijk makes bold Celtic title prediction

Former Celtic legend, and current Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has made a bold prediction about the Scottish Premiership League title race.

Soccerlens · Feb 23

‘It is Celtic’s title’ – Premier League star makes a bold claim regarding the title race

originally posted on Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has claimed that the Scottish Premiership title will be won by Celtic this season.

Daily Express · Feb 23

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk fires Rangers title warning as he reveals Celtic contact

Virgil van Dijk won two Scottish Premiership titles and a League Cup in his two-year stint with Celtic...

67HailHail · Feb 23

Hoops fans react to Virgil van Dijk’s Celtic comments

Continue reading “Hoops fans react to Virgil van Dijk’s Celtic comments” on 67HailHail.

The Celtic Star · Feb 23

“It’s not going to be in danger any more – it is Celtic’s title,’ Virgil van Dijk

Virgil Van Dijk has revealed that still keeps up to date with Celtic results and watches games while he can despite being a global superstar with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool...

‘It’s Celtic’s Title,’ Insists Van Dijk

VIRGIL VAN DIJK insists: “It’s Celtic’s title!

67HailHail · Feb 23

Virgil van Dijk claims Celtic have all but won the title

Continue reading “Virgil van Dijk claims Celtic have all but won the title” on 67HailHail.

Inside Futbol · Feb 22

Rangers Not Danger For Celtic Anymore – Virgil van Dijk Confident of Bhoys’ Title Success

Virgil van Dijk believes Rangers are no longer a danger to Celtic in this season’s title race...

Daily Record · Feb 22

Virgil van Dijk reveals the Celtic player he still speaks to as he declares title race over

The Dutchman still watches Celtic regularly and is delighted they’ve got such a big lead over Rangers...

BBC · Feb 22

Celtic boss Lennon a ‘special manager and special man’ – van Dijk

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is a “special manager and special man,” says Virgil van Dijk, the Dutchman he helped develop into one of the world’s finest defenders...

Tribal Football · Feb 14

Cummins on facing Liverpool ace Van Dijk: He told me ‘don’t even bother’

Waterford striker Graham Cummins has recalled facing Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk in the Dutchman’s final game for Celtic.Read more on Tribal Football...

Evening Times · Feb 14

Virgil van Dijk’s Celtic confidence summed up by ex-St Johnstone star who recalls brilliant one-liner

Virgil van Dijk has always known he was destined for big things...

67HailHail · Feb 14

Virgil Van Dijk Celtic confidence laid bare by former opponent

Continue reading “Virgil Van Dijk Celtic confidence laid bare by former opponent” on 67HailHail.

Daily Record · Feb 14

Virgil van Dijk’s cutting Celtic quip that showed Liverpool star knew just how good he was

The centre-back spent two seasons at Parkhead and it appears he wasn’t short on confidence during his Scottish stint...

VideoCelts · Feb 14

Stars In Their Eyes- How van Dijk, Modric, Vieira and Modric crashed to earth in the SPFL

All season we have read the comparisons. Apparently Steven Gerrard has a squad comprising of players likened to Virgil van Dijk, Luca Modric, Yaya Toure and Patrick Vieira!

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