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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£10.4m profit, 15 goals: Celtic sale paved way for the emergence of Liverpool star

Liverpool’s problems at the back restricted their progress until Virgil van Dijk arrived at Anfield in January and completely transformed the defensive unit...

Tribal Football · Sep 30

Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum: Managers will regret ignoring Van Dijk

Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum believes there’s many managers now regret ignoring Virgil van Dijk.Van Dijk, 27, started his career with Groningen before moving first to Celtic and then Southampton.Read more on Tribal Football...

Tribal Football · Sep 30
HITC · Sep 24

Brendan Rodgers ignored calls to sign 27-year-old for Liverpool, says former international

Liverpool and Arsenal turned down the chance to sign Virgil van Dijk when he was at Celtic, says John Collins...

HITC · Sep 24
Transfer Tavern · Sep 24

Opinion: A Celtic return for Premier League flop would be wonderful for all parties

In the last few years, Southampton have not been afraid to look towards the SPL for new squad additions, a transfer strategy that has produced a couple of big results for the club.

Transfer Tavern · Sep 24
Talking Baws · Sep 24

Arsenal Rejected Van Dijk For £12M Because He Was ‘Too Nonchalant’, Claims John Collins

Virgil van Dijk could have been an Arsenal player for just £12 million – but the club’s scouting department thought the centre-back was a bit ‘too nonchalant’, according to former Celtic coach John Collins...

Talking Baws · Sep 24
The42.ie · Sep 23

Arsenal snubbed Van Dijk for £12m as he was ‘too nonchalant’

Former Celtic assistant manager John Collins has revealed that the Gunners passed up the opportunity to sign the Dutchman during his time in Scotland...

The42.ie · Sep 23
90min.com · Sep 23

Former Celtic Coach Reveals the Reason Why Arsenal Turned Down the Chance to Sign Liverpool Star

Arsenal turned down the chance to sign Virgil van Dijk from Celtic for just £12m as they felt the defender was “too nonchalant” in his play, according to a former coach at the Scottish champions.

90min.com · Sep 23
Celts Are Here · Sep 23

‘Rodgers Wasn’t Sure’ – Costly £63million Error For Celtic Player’s Transfer

JOHN COLLINS has lifted the lid on the deal which took Virgil van Dijk to the Premier League with Southampton and how two of the top clubs in England missed out on him because of their Scottish Football prejudices...

Celts Are Here · Sep 23
Tribal Football · Sep 23

Collins: Liverpool defender Van Dijk will be better than Ramos

Former Celtic coach John Collins says Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk can be the best in the world.Collins was with Celtic when they sold Van Dijk to Southampton.Read more on Tribal Football...

Tribal Football · Sep 23
Tribal Football · Sep 22

Collins reveals Liverpool, Arsenal blunders: Rodgers, Rowley rejected Van Dijk

Former Celtic assistant coach John Collins has revealed how Arsenal rejected the chance to sign Virgil van Dijk.The Liverpool defender had been watched by various Premier League clubs during his time at Celtic Park.Read more on Tribal Football...

Tribal Football · Sep 22
Caught Offside · Sep 22

Video: Why Arsenal turned down £12m Virgil van Dijk transfer before record-breaking Liverpool move

Former Celtic coach John Collins has revealed the reason Arsenal turned down the transfer of Virgil van Dijk while he was in Scotland.

Caught Offside · Sep 22
101 Great Goals · Sep 22

John Collins reveals why Arsenal rejected Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk

Arsenal & Virgil van Dijk Former Celtic assistant boss John Collins was a guest pundit on bein Sports on Saturday.

101 Great Goals · Sep 22
Celts Are Here · Sep 19

‘An Embarrassment’ – Scout Quits Over EPL Celtic Snub

FORMER Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk may be flying high at Liverpool but even though his talent was obvious, it wasn’t to everyone who watched him...

Celts Are Here · Sep 19
Tribal Football · Sep 18

Ex-West Brom scout: I quit after Van Dijk recommendation ignored

Stuart Millar admits he quit his scouting job at West Brom after his Virgil van Dijk recommendation was ignored.Millar admits urged West Brom to buy Van Dijk from Celtic then quit as scout when his plea was ignored by then Baggies manager Tony Pulis...

Tribal Football · Sep 18
Talking Baws · Sep 18

West Brom Scout Quit When Club Ignored His Advice to Sign Virgil Van Dijk From Celtic

Scout Stuart Millar has revealed he resigned from his role at West Bromwich Albion after the club ignored his pleas to sign Virgil van Dijk from Celtic several years ago...

Talking Baws · Sep 18
Daily Record · Sep 13

Former Celtic star Virgil van Dijk reveals the brilliant way he congratulated Scotland skipper Andy Robertson

Liverpool duo are aiming for glory at club level but the Dutch skipper is chuffed to bits for the former Queen’s Park man after earning the armband...

Daily Record · Sep 13
Celts Are Here · Sep 11

Former Celt Set for World Class Award

FORMER Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk has made a 55-man shortlist for the coveted FIFPro World XL The prestigious accolade is bestowed on these players by their fellow professionals with 25,000 footballers voting in 65 separate countries...

Celts Are Here · Sep 11

Former Celt Virgil van Dijk named in FIFPro World XI

Former Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk has been named in the FIFPro World XI shortlist after impressing in his debut season at Liverpool...

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