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What Virgil van Dijk Was Told After His Very First Training Session At Celtic

What Virgil van Dijk Was Told After His Very First Training Session At Celtic

What then-Celtic manager Neil Lennon told Virgil van Dijk after his very first training session was telling.

The Scottish Premiership club snapped up Van Dijk for a measly £2 million from Groningen in 2013.

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But once the commanding-Dutchman went through his paces, Lennon knew his future lied elsewhere.

"I was really surprised no one came in earlier for him at Celtic," the 48-year-old said.

"After one day I pulled him in after training and said 'look, you are not going to be here long. Enjoy yourself.'

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"He was just that good. I could not believe my luck that we got him from Groningen for €2 million. He had everything.

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"Pace, great physicality, technique and superb in the air in both boxes."

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Van Dijk eventually secured a switch to the Premier League after two seasons at Celtic Park.

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He moved to Southampton for just £13 million before completing a mega-transfer to Liverpool in a deal worth a reported £75 million.

The 28-year-old has produced defensive heroics since arriving at Anfield, helping his side win the Champions League last season.

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Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Celtic, Football, Neil Lennon, Virgil Van Dijk

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