Virgil van Dijk

Read all the news about 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.

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Evening Times · Sep 14

Celtic-daft Peaky Blinders star recalls giving Virgil Van Dijk tour of set and watching Liverpool game with Dutchman

Celtic-daft Peaky Blinders star Packy Lee has recalled the moment he met Hoops hero Virgil Van Dijk to give him a tour around the set – before taking in a Liverpool game with the Dutchman and his family...

Evening Times · Sep 14
90min.com · Sep 14

Steve Bruce Reveals How Close He Came to Signing Virgil van Dijk While at Hull City

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has revealed that he missed out on signing Liverpool superstar Virgil van Dijk while he was manager of Hull City.

90min.com · Sep 14
Evening Times · Sep 11

Liverpool wonderkid learning ‘how to win Champions League’ from ex-Celtic star Van Dijk

Liverpool wonderkid Sepp van den Berg has praised ex-Celtic star Virgil Van Dijk and insists he’s keeping a note of every bit of advice he’s given by the best in the world...

Evening Times · Sep 11
Evening Times · Sep 9

FIFA 2020 top 100 player ratings revealed

FORMER Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk has been revealed as the sixth-best player in the world in FIFA 2020 – and is the highest-rated defender in the entire game with a score of 90...

Evening Times · Sep 9

Former Celtic Star Left Bemused After £57.6m Report

VIRGIL VAN DIJK has come a long way since leaving Celtic for Southampton back in 2015 and has taken the Premier League by storm.

Daily Record · Sep 8

Virgil van Dijk’s megabucks Liverpool deal revealed as ex-Celtic star agrees six-year contract

Dutchman has agreed a huge new deal with the Champions League winners after being crowned European Footballer of the Year...

Daily Record · Sep 8

CONFIRMED: EX-CELT’S £57.6m DEAL

FORMER Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk has signed a massive £200,000-per-week deal that will keep him at Liverpool until 2025...

CONFIRMED: EX-CELT’S £57.6m DEAL

FORMER Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk has signed a massive £200,000-per-week deal that will keep him at Liverpool until 2025.

67HailHail · Sep 6

Mourinho reportedly pulled out of signing Champions League winning ex-Celtic star

Jose Mourinho decided against signing Celtic hero Virgil van Dijk while in charge of Manchester United.

67HailHail · Sep 6
67HailHail · Sep 5

Former Celtic duo get major FIFA accolade

Former Celtic pair Andy Robertson and Virgil Van Dijk are in the running to be selected in the FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2019.

67HailHail · Sep 5
67HailHail · Sep 5

Celtic legend shares hilarious video game tweet to his son

Former Celtic striker Kenny Dalglish is relishing his new appearance in the FIFA video game series.

67HailHail · Sep 5
HITC · Aug 27

Celtic miss out as reported 17-year-old target heads to Barcelona

Celtic reportedly wanted the new Virgil van Dijk in the Scottish Premiership – but he’s joined the La Liga winners Barca instead...

HITC · Aug 27
Inside Futbol · Aug 24

No One Gets Past Him – Bayern Munich Talent Reveals Admiration For Virgil van Dijk

Bayern Munich youngster Liam Morrison has revealed his admiration for Liverpool star and former Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk...

Inside Futbol · Aug 24
Read Celtic · Aug 24

“Without a doubt,” “King of Kings” – These supporters agree about who Celtic’s best player in the last 20 years is

Celtic supporters have responded to a question posed by BT Sport on social media about who the Hoops’ best player in the last 20 years is.

Read Celtic · Aug 24
Evening Times · Aug 21

“Fans wrote off Teemu Pukki and Virgil van Dijk – my Celtic new boys can come good”

NORWICH striker Teemu Pukki and Liverpool centre half Virgil van Dijk are rightly considered to be two of the best players in their respective positions in the Premier League, in world football in the case of the latter, at the moment.

Evening Times · Aug 21
Herald Scotland · Aug 21

“Fans wrote off Teemu Pukki and Virgil van Dijk – my Celtic new boys can come good”

NORWICH striker Teemu Pukki and Liverpool centre half Virgil van Dijk are rightly considered to be two of the best players in their respective positions in the Premier League, in world football in the case of the latter, at the moment.

Herald Scotland · Aug 21
Read Celtic · Aug 16

French journalist compares Celtic signing with current great of the game – is it a fair comparison?

Christopher Jullien has the potential to make a huge impact at Celtic, even enjoying a Virgil van Dijk-esque level of influence.

Read Celtic · Aug 16

Ex-Celt Blames Brendan

FORMER Celtic striker Scott McDonald points the finger at former manager Brendan Rodgers for the chaos in the club’s scouting network.

Evening Times · Aug 15

Ex-Celtic star Virgil Van Dijk named on three-man shortlist for UEFA Men’s Player of the Year alongside Messi and Ronaldo

Former Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk has been named on a three-man shortlist for UEFA Men’s Player of the Year – alongside superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo...

Evening Times · Aug 15
Tribal Football · Aug 13

Liverpool defender Van Dijk: I know they doubted me at Celtic

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk admits he was well aware Premier League clubs had doubts about him at Celtic.Before moving to the Reds for a then record 84m over 18 months ago, Southampton paid just 16m two for him and a half years previously.Read more on Tribal Football...

Tribal Football · Aug 13

Virgil van Dijk pays tribute to his Celtic days

Virgil van Dijk, in an recent interview, has taken a look back at his time at Celtic and revealed how he considers his stint there as an important part of his footballing journey that he needed to go through to get to where he is today...

Read Celtic · Aug 12

Teams were ‘suspicious’ of signing star defender from Celtic due to Scottish Premiership reputation – Has he changed their tune?

Virgil van Dijk has revealed that clubs from the Premier League were sceptical about signing him from Celtic prior to his move to Southampton because of the fact that he was playing in the Scottish Premiership – but has his move changed their tune?

Read Celtic · Aug 12
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