It has been revealed that former Celtic manager Neil Lennon was the one who helped discover Virgil Van Dijk when he signed him for just 2 million euro in 2013 from FC Groningen.

It is claimed that Virgil Van Dijk is a product of a scouting trip embarked upon by Neil Lennon when FC Groningen played against Ajax as he gave an awesome performance in the game.

The progress had continued for Virgil Van Dijk at Celtic until he was taken away by Southampton before ending up in Liverpool in 2017 for a fee of £75 million.

The Merseyside club have not regretted the amount they spent so heavily on the star defender knowing how well he has helped to cement their defence and also stabilized the team since joining in the last summer window.

Virgil Van Dijk is now regarded as one of the best defenders in the league owing to the feats he has been able to achieve with the Reds team.

Neil Lennon stated that the star player has been outstanding right from the onset and he was convinced of his greatness as a world-class defender and won’t remain at Celtic for long.

The former Celtic manager, therefore, hailed Southampton as a smart team for discovering Virgil Van Dijk early.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.