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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Chris Sutton slams Celtic recruitment and warns Hoops will be left in a ‘real mess’ in the summer

Former Celtic striker has criticised the Hoops’ January recruitment and questioned why they aren’t finding players of the calibre of Virgil Van Dijk or Victor Wanyama any more...

Lennon on Liverpool defender Van Dijk: What I told him after first day

Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon says he always knew Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was always destined for greatness.The Dutch centre-back joined the Scottish champions in 2013 from Groningen for a reported fee of 2.6million and Lennon quickly realised the Bhoys had snared a talent.Read more on Tribal Football...

101 Great Goals · Feb 16

Revealed: Neil Lennon’s prediction for Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk while at Celtic

Van Dijk’s time at Celtic Virgil van Dijk joined Celtic in 2013 from Dutch outfit FC Groningen for a fee of around £2.7m.

101 Great Goals · Feb 16
Daily Record · Feb 16

What Neil Lennon told former Celtic star Virgil Van Dijk on day one

The former Hoops gaffer instantly knew he had a player on his hands – but also that he wouldn’t have him for long...

Daily Record · Feb 16
Daily Mirror · Feb 16

What Virgil van Dijk was told after his first training session at Celtic

Neil Lennon was Celtic boss at the time and was delighted that his side were able to land such a talented centre-back...

Daily Mirror · Feb 16

What Virgil van Dijk was told after his first training session at Celtic

Neil Lennon was Celtic boss at the time and was delighted that his side were able to land such a talented centre-back...

The Celtic Star · Feb 14

Celtic on This Day – Bhoys survive late scare in Perth, Gordon celebrates double save

ON THIS DAY in 2015 Celtic warmed up for the UEFA Cup visit from Inter Milan with a decent 2-1 win away at St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership, on the way to another title win.

The Celtic Star · Feb 14
Read Celtic · Feb 11

Celtic need to find the next van Dijk – but where is he going to come from?

The big Dutchman is by far and away the best centre half most of us have seen in decades at Celtic Park – powerful, fast, strong, intelligent, leads by example...

Read Celtic · Feb 11
Transfer Tavern · Jan 19

Forget Boyata: Rodgers secures Celtic’s next Van Dijk with ambitious swoop for starlet – Opinion

Celtic will be desperate to make the most of their current position in the Scottish Premiership, with another treble in their sights at this moment in time...

Transfer Tavern · Jan 19
Inside Futbol · Jan 16

Celtic Still Haven’t Replaced Virgil van Dijk – Terry Butcher

Terry Butcher has warned Celtic that teams have targeted their defence, which lacks a strong presence...

Inside Futbol · Jan 16
FootballFanCast · Jan 12

New Van Dijk: Gutman won’t even get a game if Celtic sign versatile Dutch wonderkid – opinion

Continue reading “New Van Dijk: Gutman won’t even get a game if Celtic sign versatile Dutch wonderkid – opinion” on FootballFanCast.

FootballFanCast · Jan 12
Daily Record · Jan 3

Celtic hero Virgil van Dijk will be forgiven for San Siro howler if he wins Liverpool the title

Gary Mackay-Steven remembers the Dutchman costing him in the Europa League but the former Reds kid hopes his old pal end the Anfield side’s wait for glory...

Daily Record · Jan 3
Daily Record · Jan 2

How Celtic helped make Virgil van Dijk the best defender in the world according to Ronald Koeman

Van Dijk was signed by Koeman at Southampton after two years at Celtic – and the Holland boss is in no doubt who deserves the credit for making the defender “the best in the world”...

Daily Record · Jan 2
101 Great Goals · Dec 24, 2018

Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk is better than Leo Messi & how why Australia need to leave Celtic alone – Chris Sutton

Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk is better than Leo Messi Speaking on BT Sport this weekend, Chris Sutton made a huge statement about Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk.

101 Great Goals · Dec 24, 2018
VideoCelts · Dec 23, 2018

Cheeky Liverpool fans steal yet another song from Celtic

Seven years ago the words of Dirty Old Town were adapted for Charlie Mulgrew with the lovable Scousers now switching the words to Virgil van Dijk!

VideoCelts · Dec 23, 2018
HITC · Dec 22, 2018

‘Sickening’: Some Celtic fans react as former player stars in England

Former Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk was in action for Liverpool against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday...

HITC · Dec 22, 2018
Daily Mail · Jan 1

How Virgil van Dijk has gone from Groningen novice to £75m machine at Liverpool

DOMINIC KING: Virgil van Dijk is officially one year into his Liverpool career and is already on his way to becoming a club legend...

Daily Mail · Jan 1
Daily Mail · Dec 31, 2018

How Virgil van Dijk has gone from Groningen novice to £75m machine at Liverpool

DOMINIC KING: Virgil van Dijk is officially one year into his Liverpool career and is already on his way to becoming a club legend...

Daily Mail · Dec 31, 2018
Metro · Dec 24, 2018

Why Arsenal turned down the chance to sign Virgil van Dijk for just £12m

Continue reading “Why Arsenal turned down the chance to sign Virgil van Dijk for just £12m” on Metro.

Metro · Dec 24, 2018
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