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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Inside Futbol · Dec 18

Virgil van Dijk Did It Right Way, I Want To Follow – Celtic Defender

Filip Benkovic has admitted that he looks at how Virgil van Dijk plays on the pitch and wants to follow in his footsteps...

Inside Futbol · Dec 18
Inside Futbol · Dec 11

Don’t Forget How Celtic Developed Virgil van Dijk – Bhoys Legend As Liverpool Qualify

Chris Sutton has insisted Celtic’s role in developing Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk must be remembered...

Inside Futbol · Dec 11
90min.com · Dec 10

Virgil van Dijk Names the Only Stadium in Europe That Can Match Anfield’s Atmosphere on UCL Nights

Virgil van Dijk has insisted that the atmosphere at Celtic Park is the only stadium that comes close to matching the atmosphere at Anfield on a European night, and Liverpool will look to use it to their advantage when they face Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday...

90min.com · Dec 10
Talking Baws · Dec 10

Virgil Van Dijk Says Only Celtic Park Can Rival Anfield’s Atmosphere on a European Night

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says only Celtic Park’s atmosphere on European nights can come close to matching the ambience created on similar evenings at Anfield.

Talking Baws · Dec 10
Talking Baws · Dec 5

Van Dijk Explains Why ‘Amazing’ Celtic Mean So Much to Him – and Tips Robertson to be Captain

Virgil van Dijk has paid a massive compliment to Celtic for helping to shape his experience of British football – whilst tipping Andy Robertson to one day be Liverpool captain...

Talking Baws · Dec 5
Daily Record · Dec 5

‘Amazing’ Celtic hailed by Virgil van Dijk as Liverpool star reveals why Hoops mean everything to him

The Dutch defender is regarded as one of the best defenders on the planet but reckons his Hoops experience changed everything...

Daily Record · Dec 5
Soccerlens · Nov 30

Former star urges Celtic to sign ‘great player’ who will go to ‘the very top’

originally posted on Sportslens.com Former Celtic star Frank McAvennie has urged the club to break the bank for Filip Benkovic.

Soccerlens · Nov 30
Read Celtic · Nov 28

Ex-Celtic striker says the Hoops have found the next Virgil van Dijk

Former Hoops striker Frank McAvennie has backed Leicester City defender Filip Benkovic to become Celtic’s next Virgil van Dijk.

Read Celtic · Nov 28
The Scotsman · Nov 28

Rumour Mill: Sinclair on Celtic exit | Gerrard plans ‘long’ Rangers stay | Celtic ace backed to follow Liverpool star

Scott Sinclair has opened up about speculation linking him with a move from Celtic, Steven Gerrard plans a long stay at Rangers and Filip Benkovic has been tipped to follow Virgil van Dijk to the top...

The Scotsman · Nov 28
Talking Baws · Nov 21

James Forrest Nabs FIFA 19 TOTW Spot Alongside Kane, Salah and Van Dijk

Red-hot Celtic midfielder James Forrest has been included in FIFA 19’s Team of the Week – alongside the likes of Harry Kane, Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk...

Talking Baws · Nov 21
VideoCelts · Nov 21

Celtic TV man Gerry slaughters TalkSPORT troll in two words!

Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama are among Forrest’s former team-mates who have settled in instantly to clubs at the top end of the EPL...

VideoCelts · Nov 21
Celts Are Here · Nov 20

The Heartbreaking Moment Virgil van Dijk Consoles Crying Referee

Former Celtic Star VIRGIL VAN DIJK was seen at full time consoling the Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan after the referee broke down at the end of the Germany vs Holland game...

Celts Are Here · Nov 20
Celts Are Here · Nov 16

Liverpool Fan Uses Celtic Footage to Make Klopp Demand

We all remember Virgil van Dijk as a towering, strong and ball playing defender but some may forget he scored the odd belter for Celtic and managed some cracking free kick goals at his time for the club...

Celts Are Here · Nov 16

Signed for just £5.85m: Celtic missed a golden opportunity to sign the next Van Dijk – opinion

Celtic were heavily linked with transfers for a handful of central defenders during the summer window, including a man who has already played 44 times for Celtic, namely Jason Denayer...

TEAMtalk · Nov 6

Fletcher explains how Van Dijk slipped through West Brom net

Darren Fletcher claims he told West Brom to sign Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk while the Dutchman was at Celtic...

TEAMtalk · Nov 6
VideoCelts · Dec 12

Sutton salutes Lennon’s ‘ridiculous’ signing

Quickly however van Dijk forced his way into the team, he took it in his stride and emerged unscathed from a Champions League campaign that yielded just three points and ended in a 6-1 defeat from Barcelona...

VideoCelts · Dec 12
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