Virgil van Dijk among successful former Celtic stars

By Connor Gordon

August 12, 2019

Several former Celtic men such as Virgil van Dijk had successful opening weekends for their clubs.

New Lyon captain Jason Denayer led his team to a victory over Monaco.

Another ex-Celt Moussa Dembele scored one of the goals for the French giants.

In the English Premier League, two former teammates grabbed a goal against each other on Merseyside.

Former Celtic heroes hit big on day one

In the week Kieran Tierney departed for big bucks to Arsenal, other massive moves are making waves.

Kieran Tierney’s Arsenal debut is on the horizon. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The 22-year-old didn’t play for the Gunners as he is still recovering from injury. Nevertheless, Tierney is in training and Neil Lennon said he was a week from fitness.

Former loanee Denayer was announced Lyon captain and led ex-striker Dembele to victory in Ligue 1. It’s taken some time but the Belgian is showing what the Hoops faithful knew Whereas Dembele continues to show the likes of Manchester United what they are missing.

Two Ronny Deila teammates also got on the scoresheet for either side in the Liverpool and Norwich game. Van Dijk‘s header secured the match for the reds while Teemu Pukki scored a consolation before being hooked.

Virgil van Dijk in Celtic colours. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

All in all, the English based Celts in the top league are having a good time down south.

It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for ex-Celts

Not every former Hoop had a weekend to remember though.

Scott Allan’s Hibs were trounced by Rangers at Ibrox despite him setting up the consolation goal.

Timothy Weah’s Lille were victorious at home to Nantes but he was booked on the 65th minute.

Timothy Weah playing for Celtic on loan last season. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Another loanee from last season Oliver Burke couldn’t get the vital winning goal from the bench against Millwall.

Lastly, David Marshall and Danny Fox’s Wigan were trounced by Preston North End.

It’ll be interesting to see who will impress their new teams in the coming season’s matches.