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.

Virgil van Dijk in the news

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67HailHail · Jan 2

Celtic players dominate Sky Sports man’s Team of the Decade

Andy Walker has surprisingly included nine Celtic players in his Team of the Decade.

The Celtic Star · Dec 31, 2019

Team of the Decade: Attackers

I am reviewing and selecting my team of the decade in celebration of Celtic’s Decade of Dominance and will select my XI that I feel have been the club’s best in the last ten years...

The Celtic Star · Dec 31, 2019

Team of the Decade: Midfielders

I am reviewing and selecting my team of the decade in celebration of Celtic’s Decade of Dominance and will select my XI that I feel have been the club’s best in the last ten years...

The Celtic Star · Dec 26, 2019

Virgil van Dijk ‘went for a jog at McDiarmid Park’ on St Stephen’s Day

ON ST STEPHEN’S DAY 2013 the best defender on the World at the moment ‘went for a jog at McDiarmid Park!’ according to the SPFL’s You Tube channel.

VideoCelts · Dec 25, 2019

Daily Record dares to mention the L word and claims that The Banter Years ended in 2018

Who could forget Kevin Kyle and Ian Black, Ally McCoist going on gardening leave, Virgil van Dijk brushing aside Nicky Law, winning the Champions League at Firhill, Graeme Murty eating his anorak and handstands,...

Daily Record · Dec 16, 2019

Former Celtic star Virgil van Dijk named player of the year after narrowly missing Balon d’Or win

The peerless Netherlands defender has been awarded by fans of English football...

HITC · Dec 8, 2019

Celtic teen talent wants to follow in footsteps of player Hoops sold for £13m

Celtic defender Jeremie Frimpong wants to be like Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk...

VideoCelts · Dec 7, 2019

Celtic teenager has sky-high ambitions

“Look at Virgil Van Dijk,” he adds, “there’s the example.

The Celtic Star · Dec 4, 2019

Neil Lennon was disappointed with Ballon d’Or decision

Not many would question the fact Lionel Messi is the best player on the planet right now, arguably the best player in history.

67HailHail · Dec 4, 2019

“I was disappointed” – Celtic manager wasn’t pleased with award decision

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has stated that he was “disappointed” to see Virgil van Dijk miss out on the Ballon d’Or this year.

Daily Record · Dec 4, 2019

Neil Lennon makes Celtic and Rangers Premier League claim as he praises Virgil van Dijk

The Parkhead boss believes both teams would blow clubs away down south in their current vein of form...

The Celtic Star · Dec 3, 2019

Read Ronaldo’s sister’s lengthy Rant at former Celtic Star, Virgil van Dijk

ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE last night after former Celtic Star Virgil Van Dijk made a wee joke at the expense of Cristiano Ronaldo at the Ballon d’Or ceremony...

The Celtic Star · Dec 2, 2019

Video: Virgil van Dijk gives stinging assessment of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or credentials

We always knew that Virgil van Dijk was destined for great things, but most Celtic fans will openly admit they didn’t see him going to on to be this good.

The Celtic Star · Dec 1, 2019

Ronny Deila claims Virgil van Dijk was ‘the best player by far’ that he had at Celtic

Rony Deila spent two seasons managing Celtic from 2014 to 2016, winning three trophies at the club.

Tribal Football · Dec 1, 2019

REVEALED: Van Gaal refused Holland call for ‘complacent, conservative’ Van Dijk

Former Holland coach Louis van Gaal was unconvinced by Virgil van Dijk before he moved to Liverpool, it has been revealed.The ex-Manchester United manager dismissed calls for van Dijk to be included in his squad during his time at Celtic, as he “didn’t defend forward”.Read more on Tribal Football...

Inside Futbol · Nov 30, 2019

Clear Virgil van Dijk By Far Best Player I Had At Celtic – Former Bhoys Boss

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila has insisted that Virgil van Dijk was the best player he had at Parkhead...

Daily Mirror · Nov 30, 2019

Louis van Gaal’s dismissive assessment of Virgil van Dijk before Liverpool move

The Dutchman’s career took in stints at Celtic then Southampton, before Liverpool splashed out £75 million to land his services where he has since become one of the world’s best defenders...

Irish Daily Mirror · Nov 30, 2019

Louis van Gaal’s dismissive assessment of Virgil van Dijk before Liverpool move

The Dutchman’s career took in stints at Celtic then Southampton, before Liverpool splashed out £75 million to land his services where he has since become one of the world’s best defenders...

The Athletic · Nov 30, 2019

Virgil van Dijk: The man who transformed himself and his teams

Once ‘overweight and under-confident’, the Dutchman – via Groningen, Celtic and Southampton – evolved into Liverpool’s colossus...

The Celtic Star · Nov 26, 2019

Video – Former Celt Virgil van Dijk surprises Liverpool superfan working at Asda

VIRGIL VAN DIJK made this Liverpool’s fans day work very special indeed.

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