Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk was born in Breda, Netherlands on 8 July 1991 (age 31). 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.

In 2015, he joined Southampton before signing for Liverpool in January 2018 for £75 million, a world record transfer fee for a defender.

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PHIL MCGINLAY’S BUSTALGIA: THE CELTIC YEARS – 2014/15 “THE RONNY ROAR”

PHIL MCGINLAY’S BUSTALGIA: THE CELTIC YEARS – 2014/15 “THE RONNY ROAR”

Is Leo Hjelde really Celtic’s new Virgil Van Dijk?
67HailHail · Apr 14, 2021

Is Leo Hjelde really Celtic’s new Virgil Van Dijk?

A Celtic State of Mind’s Bulletin – Who is Celtic’s new Virgil van Dijk? // Why Eddie Howe hasn’t be
ACSOM · Apr 13, 2021

A Celtic State of Mind’s Bulletin – Who is Celtic’s new Virgil van Dijk? // Why Eddie Howe hasn’t be

Celtic’s new Virgil van Dijk // Why Eddie Howe hasn’t been appointed yet // The ACSOM Bulletin
ACSOM · Apr 13, 2021

Celtic’s new Virgil van Dijk // Why Eddie Howe hasn’t been appointed yet // The ACSOM Bulletin

Who is Mark McKenzie? The rising star who wants to be Celtic’s next Virgil Van Dijk
67HailHail · Dec 19, 2020

Who is Mark McKenzie? The rising star who wants to be Celtic’s next Virgil Van Dijk

Will Celtic challenge Duffy? | Van Dijk | Mourinho blaming ‘lazy’ players | OTB AM
Off the Ball · Sep 14, 2020

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

Top 25 under 25 in the Scottish Premiership | No.2 – Kristoffer Ajer
The TwoPointOne · May 16, 2020

Top 25 under 25 in the Scottish Premiership | No.2 – Kristoffer Ajer

RATING Every Neil Lennon CELTIC Signing EVER
Irish Mick · Apr 8, 2020

RATING Every Neil Lennon CELTIC Signing EVER

PLZ Football Podcast: Episode 14: Kris Doolan reveals ‘hurtful’ Partick Thistle axe under Caldwell
The Football Show · Mar 6, 2020

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

Former Celtic player, Virgil van Dijk shares memories of Broony for his new DVD!
Celtic TV · Nov 1, 2019

Former Celtic player, Virgil van Dijk shares memories of Broony for his new DVD!

🎼 Calm as You Like | Virgil Van Dijk – Celtic Highlights | SPFL
SPFL TV · May 30, 2019

🎼 Calm as You Like | Virgil Van Dijk – Celtic Highlights | SPFL

🌟 Celtic manager Neil Lennon says Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is the best centre-half in the world!
Celtic TV · Mar 15, 2019

🌟 Celtic manager Neil Lennon says Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is the best centre-half in the world!

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Neil McGuinness | MLS success, Qatar, Xavi, working with Celtic and spotting Virgil Van Dijk
Football CFB Podcast · Apr 20, 2021

Neil McGuinness | MLS success, Qatar, Xavi, working with Celtic and spotting Virgil Van Dijk

A Celtic State of Mind’s Bulletin – Who is Celtic’s new Virgil van Dijk? // Why Eddie Howe hasn’t been appointed yet
ACSOM · Apr 13, 2021

A Celtic State of Mind’s Bulletin – Who is Celtic’s new Virgil van Dijk? // Why Eddie Howe hasn’t been appointed yet

Neil McGuinness | MLS success, Qatar, Xavi, working with Celtic and spotting Virgil Van Dijk
Football CFB Podcast · Mar 3, 2021

Neil McGuinness | MLS success, Qatar, Xavi, working with Celtic and spotting Virgil Van Dijk

Neil McGuinness | MLS success, Qatar, Xavi, working with Celtic and spotting Virgil Van Dijk
Football CFB Podcast · Dec 27, 2020

Neil McGuinness | MLS success, Qatar, Xavi, working with Celtic and spotting Virgil Van Dijk

One from the ACSOM Archive: Ronny Deila with A Celtic State of Mind
ACSOM · Jul 16, 2020

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

Ronny Deila with A Celtic State of Mind
ACSOM · Oct 20, 2018

Ronny Deila with A Celtic State of Mind

The CQN Podcast: A Celtic State of Mind (EP5) What next for the Green Brigade?
ACSOM · Jul 24, 2017

The CQN Podcast: A Celtic State of Mind (EP5) What next for the Green Brigade?

Player Profile : Virgil van Dijk | Celtic
The Cynic · Jun 24, 2013

Player Profile : Virgil van Dijk | Celtic