Virgil van Dijk

Read all the news about Virgil van Dijk. Virgil van Dijk was born in Breda, Netherlands on 8 July 1991 (age 27). 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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Daily Mail · May 15

Liverpool, Bayern and Celtic all battling to sign ‘next Van Dijk’

Mbuyamba, 17, has impressed for MVV Maastricht in the Dutch second division this season, making 11 appearances for the first team – including his debut while still just 16...

Daily Mail · May 15
Read Celtic · May 14

The next Virgil van Dijk? Celtic one of several teams tracking exciting Dutch defender

Celtic are one of the clubs said to be interested in a deal to sign MVV Maastricht defender Xavier Mbuyamba.

Read Celtic · May 14

Sunderland set to beat Celtic to influential figure

Sunderland will beat Celtic in the race for talent-spotter John Park, according to the Daily Mail.

Lennon: New Setback

NEIL LENNON has suffered a setback in his attempt to bring top talent spotter John Park back to Celtic...

Daily Record · May 10

The sink or swim Celtic lesson which sparked Virgil van Dijk’s Champions League glory run

Callum McGregor reckons life in Glasgow helped the Liverpoool star and Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama become the players they are today...

Daily Record · May 10

‘Two outstanding talents’ – Neil Lennon’s Verdict on Former Celtic Heroes

Neil Lennon has spoken of his pride at seeing two of his former Celtic players booking their place in the Champions League Final this week...

BALLS.ie · May 3

Watch: 5 Years Ago, Virgil van Dijk Scored This Outrageous Solo Goal

Virgil van Dijk may be playing the best football of his career at Liverpool, but he will do well to top this goal he scored at Celtic five years ago today...

BALLS.ie · May 3
Daily Record · May 2

Celtic boss Neil Lennon on the Kristoffer Ajer and Virgil van Dijk comparison

Liverpool made the former Hoops star the world’s most expensive defender in 2018 and there’s a sense the club have another gem on their hands...

Daily Record · May 2

BT Sport Tries to Re-Write Celtic History on Social Media

BT SPORTS have indulged in a bit of revisionism when it comes to one of the biggest skelpings Celtic have received on the European stage...

Soccer Souls · Apr 30

Celtic FC News: Virgil Van Dijk thanked Celtic after winning the PFA Player of the year award

Celtic FC News: Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk thanked Celtic after he won the Premier League player of the year award.

Soccer Souls · Apr 30
Celts Are Here · Apr 30

Football’s Most Expensive Defender Discusses Difficult Celtic ‘Experience’

VIRGIL VAN DIJK spoke briefly about his last visit to the Camp Nou with Celtic as he prepares to face Barcelona with his current club Liverpool.

Celts Are Here · Apr 30
67HailHail · May 10

Champions League finalists give Lennon pride

Neil Lennon says he feels “pride” at former players Victor Wanyama and Virgil Van Dijk making it to the Champions League final.

67HailHail · May 10
Soccer Souls · May 16

Who’s this 17-year-old Dutch prodigy on Celtic’s radar? The next Van Dijk?

Celtic FC Opinion: Hoops in for Xavier Mbuyamba – Scout Report According to a report in Scottish Sun, Scottish Champions Celtic are interested in signing young Dutch defender Xavier Mbuyamba in the summer...

Soccer Souls · May 16
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