Former Celtic pair Andy Robertson and Virgil Van Dijk are in the running to be selected in the FIFA FIFPro World XI for 2019.
Every year, world football’s governing body select a team filled with the best players from those respective 12 months. On Thursday, they released a shortlist of 55 players in with a chance of making the final 11 – and Robertson and Van Dijk were both included.
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The pair helped Liverpool to the Champions League title last season while they also missed out on the Premier League title by a single point.
Scotland captain Robertson played for Celtic at youth level before being released in 2009, while Van Dijk spent two seasons in Glasgow between 2013 and 2015.
The Dutchman is almost certain to make the final XI given the level of performances he has put in this season. Robertson, meanwhile, faces a tougher fight but is still widely regarded as one of the best left-backs on the planet at present.
Will any current Celtic stars reach FIFA World XI level?
The majority of Celtic fans won’t have been overly surprised by Van Dijk’s rapid ascent to become perhaps world football’s leading central-defender.
The Dutchman looked pretty special during his time in Scotland and we always felt he would cope well with the step up to English football. That has been the case and Van Dijk now swans around the English top-flight like he used to do in Scotland.
In terms of current Celtic stars, Odsonne Edouard is the obvious one who fans think can go right to the top. The Frenchman has been imperious so far this season, scoring goals and putting in big displays in crucial matches.
Like Van Dijk, and his compatriot Moussa Dembele, you feel like he still has a huge amount of improvement in him too. Edouard has all the attributes to be a leading striker. At the age of 21, he still has so much to give.
Elsewhere, Kristoffer Ajer and Callum McGregor could go on to play for top clubs. But you just doubt they quite have the ability to be genuinely world-class.
Edouard, and recently departed duo Dembele and Kieran Tierney, definitely do though.