Virgil Van Dijk says he'll always be grateful to Celtic

By David Walton

December 5, 2018

Virgil Van Dijk has once again opened up and thanked Celtic for the platform they gave him to succeed.

The £75million superstar has been living the dream with Liverpool over the last year after signing from Southampton. He’s since appeared in a Champions League final and is slap bang in the middle of a tasty Premier League title race.

Yet it wasn’t so long ago he was appearing at venues such as Dingwall and Tannadice. Van Dijk had a two-year association with Celtic that saw him make 114 appearances at Parkhead. He was part of Ronny Deila’s double-winning side, and tasted both Europa League and Champions League football for the first time with Celtic.

Virgil Van Dijk is thriving down at Liverpool (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images,)

The big Dutchman is consistently praising the club, and is still a keen follower of the Parkhead outfit. Speaking to the BBC, he’s once again taken the time to acknowledge everything that the club did for him.

“Celtic helped me a lot in making my move to Southampton. I’m always grateful for that.

“It was a great time for me in my development. Three years abroad adapting to the British style of play and winning trophies for such a big club with amazing fans.”

He got the club

There’s many different opinions as to what makes a player “get” Celtic. Some believe it’s those who stay their whole career. Others think it’s a player who empathises with the support on a consistent basis. Van Dijk certainly falls into the latter.

The sad reality of the situation is that Celtic couldn’t match Van Dijk’s ambitions, and who could argue with him? He’s went from strength to strength, and every decision he’s made has been incredible for his career.

The big Dutchman spent over two years at Celtic Park (Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

Some players, however, don’t care much for what they leave behind. When they get a sight of the bright lights of England, they quickly dispose of what they had and don’t look back.

Van Dijk, on the other hand, is always keen to reflect back on his time in Glasgow. It shows how much his time in Scotland meant to him, and there isn’t a touch of arrogance in his tone.

He can still regularly be seen watching Celtic games at Melwood along with Andrew Robertson. The pair have a strong affection for all things Celtic, and it shows the pull the club truly has.

Van Dijk continues to dominate forwards in the Premier League with ease, but he’ll always remember his time in Scotland.