Virgil Van Dijk has a lot to thank Celtic for, they were the ones who took a risk on him and allowed him to play football in Britain, he stayed for two years, played in the Champions League and became an excellent defender in that time before moving to Southampton for £15 million in 2015.
On the South Coast Van Dijk grew as a defender and emerged as a real leader for the Saints before joining Liverpool for £75 million last January, in truth that price looks like an absolute bargain as the Dutchman has been the best defender in the league by miles this season.
Sunday night however, was the pinnacle of the Van Dijk’s career as he was voted PFA Player of the Year in what has been a stellar season for the 27-year old, he is now a world-class defender and in his acceptance speech he praised Celtic for all they have done for him.
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He said: “I want to thank Celtic obviously, I will not forget.”
Celtic fans were quick to take to Twitter to praise a player clearly still close to their hearts – one fan said “once a Celt… always a Celt” whilst another added “congratulations VVD”.
Take a look at the best reactions down below.
Humble pie is a dish best tasted cold .
— Lord Heehaw (@HeehawLord) April 29, 2019
Congratulations VVD ??
— MACCA (@MaccaTheBhoy) April 29, 2019
Well done VvD ???
— jackie63 (@jackie6312) April 28, 2019
WEll DONE TO THAT BIG HANDSOME MAN, LOVED THAT HE MENTIONED CELTIC TOO, GOOD LUCK VIRGIL VDIJK ???
— Agnesa (@agnes1888) April 29, 2019
Once a Celt….Always a celt…..Thank you Virgil!
The pleasure was all ours .
— Sanfranceltic (@Sme51899360) April 29, 2019
Congrats to the big man #HH
— PJ (@PJkelly66) April 29, 2019
Former Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk wins the PFA Player of the Year.
Not bad for a player called a dud, over-rated and not worth £10m by the Scottish Media. pic.twitter.com/rYpGzlIwWj
— Focus on Celtic (@FocusOnCeltic) April 28, 2019
If you listen, read or care about the Scottish media’s opinion, you will get enraged
— Steve Pringle (@StevenPringle2) April 28, 2019