Van Dijk and Wanyama to do battle in Champions League final

By Hamish Carton

June 1, 2019

Virgil Van Dijk could pay an incredible tribute to Billy McNeill by winning the Champions League with Liverpool. It would be fitting if the former Celtic number five was to lift the famous trophy just weeks after Cesar passed away.

The Dutch defender is well aware of McNeill’s legacy and has spoken about the Celtic legend in the lead up to the final.


He told the Daily Record: “When I heard that he passed away, I was shocked and sad. Myself and Andy Robertson spoke about it at the time and we both felt the same way.

“Billy was the famous Celtic number five. Everyone who has ever walked into the club has seen that picture of him holding the trophy.”

It would be quite something if Van Dijk was able to get his hands on the trophy. To do that though, he’ll have to get past another former Celtic man.


Who should Celtic fans be supporting?

Hoops fans around the globe will be torn as to who to cheer on in the big Madrid showpiece. Celtic are likely to have three players who used to be on their books starting the match.

Van Dijk will be joined by former academy player Andy Robertson on the red side while Victor Wanyama is expected to start for Spurs.

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Van Dijk and Wanyama were two massive players for Celtic in different teams. The players only had a crossover of around two weeks – Wanyama departing as Van Dijk arrived. They did play together for a season at Southampton before Wanyama moved on again.

It’s difficult to quantify who had a bigger impact on Celtic. Both were massive players in their own right and both deserve to win the trophy. Sadly only one can. This year at least.