Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk was born in Breda, Netherlands on 8 July 1991 (age 29). 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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VideoCelts · Jul 1

‘Merci Celtic, Merci’ Fans react to French Eddie image

VideoCelts · Jun 28

All Over Folks- Another Invincible decides to move on

Transfer Tavern · Jun 27

‘Come home’, ‘Swap for Bolingoli’ – These Celtic fans make plea to Champions League winner

Glasgow Live · Jun 26

Watch: Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson enjoy huge Liverpool title party

The Celtic Star · Jun 26

Celtic pay tribute to former duo as Liverpool win Premier League

67HailHail · Jun 21

Steven Mouyokolo knew weeks into his Celtic career that Virgil van Dijk’s quality would sideline him

The Celtic Star · Jun 21

On This Day: Virgil van Dijk joins Celtic

Daily Record · Jun 21

Former Celtic defender Steven Mouyokolo on Virgil van Dijk and his cruel injury

Glasgow Live · Jun 15

Liverpool and Arsenal stars give Celtic boss Neil Lennon pride

The Celtic Star · Jun 15

Jozo Simunovic reflects on shock Celtic exit

Tribal Football · Jun 15

Lennon says Liverpool star van Dijk was ‘Ferdinand in the making’ at Celtic

Daily Mail · Jun 14

Neil Lennon talks with Chris Sutton on helping to make Virgil van Dijk a world beater

VideoCelts · Jun 10

‘Lifetime contract for the King’ One message from fans to Celtic after Edouard announcement

VideoCelts · Jun 8

How Celtic will cover the ‘Ajer clause’

ACSOM · Jun 8

Kevin Graham with A Celtic State of Mind – Farewell Jozo Šimunović

The Celtic Star · May 30

Simunovic shock as Celtic confirm defender to leave the club

Tribal Football · May 27

Compper insists Celtic defender Ajer can match Van Dijk

Chris Sutton compares Celtic star with Virgil van Dijk

Daily Star · May 26

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk’s career analysed by fellow Dutch hero Jaap Stam

Celts Are Here · May 23

Virgil van Dijk Makes Special Celtic Appearance

The Celtic Star · May 23

Video: Virgil Van Dijk celebrates Celtic’s 9IAR

VideoCelts · May 23

Watch live as over 40,000 Celtic fans join in online title party

The Sun · May 22

Man City rejected chance to sign Virgil van Dijk on cheap in 2015 after ‘not being convinced by quality in Europe’

Daily Star · May 22

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk one red card away from Man City transfer

101 Great Goals · May 21

Man City passed up chance to sign van Dijk, according to former Celtic boss

Sports Mole · May 21

Virgil van Dijk ‘was one game away from joining Manchester City’

Tribal Football · May 21

Ex-Celtic boss Deila: I offered Van Dijk to Man City

TEAMtalk · May 21

Ex-Celtic boss Deila reveals glaring Man City Van Dijk transfer blunder

The Boot Room · May 20

Manager says Manchester City were in talks to sign £180k-a-week Liverpool star, one game scuppered move

Caught Offside · May 19

Former boss reveals Virgil van Dijk’s European disaster prevented move to Liverpool’s Premier League rivals

The Celtic Star · May 19

Former Celtic boss reveals how close Virgil van Dijk was to joining Man City

The Celtic Star · May 19

Celtic will only manage to recoup £1.3m as expensive flop edges closer to exit · May 16

Virgil van Dijk Buys Four Season Tickets at Former Club Groningen to Aid Club’s Financial Struggles

The TwoPointOne · May 16

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

The Celtic Star · May 11

“Celtic is a massive club, people still underestimate how big,” Virgil Van Dijk

Celts Are Here · May 11

Virgil Van Dijk Makes Spot On Celtic Statement

Daily Record · May 11

Virgil van Dijk fights Celtic’s corner as he raves about key Premiership aspect

Griffith Recalls Former Dutchman’s “Bobby Charlton” Jibe During Show

VideoCelts · May 4

Griffiths recalls when van Dijk destroyed him with Bobby Charlton hair jibe

Celtic Captain Confirms That Liverpool’s Star Defender Needed Help In Training

The Celtic Star · Apr 28

“Didn’t look after himself”: Scott Brown reveals how Virgil van Dijk needed to improve during his time at Celtic

The Celtic Star · Apr 27

Scott Brown discusses the transformation of ‘Rolls Royce’ Liverpool star during his Celtic days

VideoCelts · Apr 26

Wacky Ibrox coach compares Gerrard signings with Dembele and van Dijk!

Daily Record · Apr 26

The Neil Lennon advice that made Virgil van Dijk the world’s best defender

The Celtic Star · Apr 25

Jozo’s Instagram Q&A – Best moments for Celtic

The Celtic Star · Apr 21

‘I’ve spotted someone here’, a scout’s story behind spotting Virgil Van Dijk

Neil Lennon reveals his first impression of Virgil van Dijk

Read Celtic · Apr 11

True or False quiz: How well do you know former Celtic star Virgil van Dijk?

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