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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Mikael Lustig reportedly warned Celtic off signing Rangers new boy

Just days after Rangers unveiled new signing Filip Helander as Steven Gerrard’s most expensive signing during his time at the Ibrox club, it appears that Celtic had their eye on the Swedish defender first, but were warned off him by Mikael Lustig.Helander joined Rangers last week in a deal worth up to £3.5 million and was quickly labelled as the bargain of the summer by Gerrard and that he is a carbon copy of former Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk.But it appears fellow Swedish team mate Mikael Lustig doe...

Tribal Football · Jul 17

​Ex-Celtic boss Deila claims Arsenal target Tierney better than Van Dijk

Former Celtic boss Ronny Deila believes that Kieran Tierney is better than Virgil Van Dijk.It is not the first time that Celtic defender is being linked with a Premier League move.Read more on Tribal Football...

Tribal Football · Jul 17
Daily Express · Jul 16

Arsenal backed to sign Kieran Tierney as ex-Celtic boss makes Liverpool comparison

FORMER Celtic boss Ronny Deila has claimed Kieran Tierney is better than Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and has insisted the Gunners would be signing a ‘really good’ player if they can reach an agreement for his services...

Daily Express · Jul 16
Evening Times · Jul 16

Scottish transfer news LIVE: Tierney was better than Van Dijk at Celtic says Ronny Deila | Leeds scout Ryan Kent

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has asked the club’s board to increase their bid for Kieran Tierney and Leeds United boss Marco Bielsa has ‘personally scouted ‘ Rangers target Ryan Kent...

Evening Times · Jul 16
HITC · Jul 16

Former manager claims reported Arsenal target ‘even better’ than £75m Liverpool ace

Reported Arsenal target and Celtic defender Kieran Tierney has a better mentality than Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk, suggests Ronny Deila...

HITC · Jul 16
67HailHail · Jul 16

Celtic hero given the ultimate compliment

Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila has paid Kieran Tierney the ultimate compliment.

67HailHail · Jul 16

Celtic’s Chances Of Landing This Defender Takes A Hit: Why This Is Actually Not A Blow For Lennon

Celtic had brought in Filip Benkovic on loan last season, and the Croatian defender impressed heavily while playing for the Hoops...

67HailHail · Jul 8

The Van Dijk memory that may aid Celtic in Bosnia

Neil Lennon has a number of big decisions to make ahead of Celtic’s Champions League opener against FK Sarajevo on Tuesday night.

67HailHail · Jul 8
Mark Nicholas · Jun 30

If Tierney goes to Arsenal: Don’t sell him! Loan him!

In recent years, a number of Celtic’s star players have left the club to join the star-studded mega rich English Premier League (EPL), including Victor Wanyama, Fraser Forster, Virgil Van Dijk and Stuart Armstrong...

Mark Nicholas · Jun 30
Daily Express · Jun 30

Arsenal slammed for pursuit of Celtic ace Kieran Tierney: Virgil van Dijk comparison made

ARSENAL have come under fire over their opening bid for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney with the Scottish club being warned about falling victim to another Virgil van Dijk transfer...

Daily Express · Jun 30
Daily Star · Jun 29

Celtic sent Virgil van Dijk warning as Arsenal step up Kieran Tierney interest

CELTIC have been urged not to undervalue Kieran Tierney in the same way they did with Virgil van Dijk...

Daily Star · Jun 29
The Celtic Star · Jun 24

Will Jullien follow in van Dijk’s footsteps? Connell Latest, it looks like Luca’s Likely

CELTIC are set to place a bid of around £6million for the Toulouse defensive power-house Christopher Jullien and will hope that the he’ll take the chance to follow the same path that Virgil van Dijk took to become the best central defender on the planet...

The Celtic Star · Jun 24
Celts Are Here · Jun 21

Celtic Reunion: Virgil van Dijk on Holiday with Former Celtic Teammates

The pre-season may have started for some of the Celtic players but the lads who went on international duty have been given an extra week off to relax and enjoy some time with their family...

Celts Are Here · Jun 21
Talking Baws · Jul 3

Virgil Van Dijk is Now the Odds-On Favourite to Win the 2019 Ballon d’Or

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is now odd-on favourite to take home this year’s prestigious Ballon d’Or award...

Talking Baws · Jul 3
VideoCelts · Jun 29

Sutton sets the Fair Trade price Arsenal should pay for Tierney

In 2015 Sutton pointed out how Virgil van Dijk was underpriced at £13m compared to the £50m that Manchester City paid out for John Stones...

VideoCelts · Jun 29

Virgil van Dijk Hits Back at Bogus Rangers Claim

VIRGIL VAN DIJK looks to have hit back at the claim he had been training with the Rangers squad to keep his fitness up ahead of the...

Celts Are Here · Jun 27

Virgil van Dijk Hits Back at Bogus Rangers Claim

VIRGIL VAN DIJK looks to have hit back at the claim he had been training with the Rangers squad to keep his fitness up ahead of the new season.

Celts Are Here · Jun 27

Scotland ‘wrong place to develop’ says man who’s not heard of Virgil van Dijk

Continue reading “Scotland ‘wrong place to develop’ says man who’s not heard of Virgil van Dijk” on Football Scotland.

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