The Celtic Twitter account recently posted about Van Dijk on social media. Sunday marked the day Van Dijk had arrived at Parkhead back in 2013. The tweet also carried an image of the defender holding up the Hoops jersey.
This caught the attention of many Celtic fans. Some of them were left talking about Van Dijk and sarcastically ask where the Champions League winner is now.
Wonder what he’s doing now.
— TheResistanceReview (@T_Rreview) June 21, 2020
If not for Celtic, would Van Dijk have been as good?
Not at all
Yes, he'd have been great anyway
Were did he end up
— ??Béal Feirste Bhoy? (@BelfastBhoy86) June 21, 2020
Wonder how he’s getting on now ? https://t.co/c97Malmcrj
— Bernadette68 (@bras68) June 21, 2020
Van Dijk arrived at Parkhead from Dutch club FC Groningen in the summer of 2013 for a fee of £2.48 million. He stayed at the club for a couple of years before joining Southampton in the summer of 2015.
As a Celtic player, Van Dijk made 115 appearances in all competitions and had been a regular at the back for the Hoops (via Transfermarkt).
Some Celtic fans made some other sarcastic remarks about the Dutchman.
Bring him back for the 10
— Scott Simpson (@Switchbladx) June 21, 2020
Rolls Royce man
— Martin McAlinden (@tinomcflyno1) June 21, 2020
A living legend
— Nathan Waddell (@Nathan_7) June 21, 2020
By the looks of it, these Celtic fans are clearly just poking fun and probably have a lot of respect for the central defender. While Van Dijk was at the club for only two years, fans should be glad that their club has played a role in the development of a future European champion.
The 28-year-old, who is valued at £72m (as per Transfermarkt), is arguably one of the best defenders in the game today and that should make Celtic and the club’s fans proud, as perhaps Van Dijk wouldn’t have been as great if Celtic hadn’t given him the chance to impress at Parkhead.