Player's player of the year goes to our defensive duo Fraser Forster and Virgil van Dijk. (KM) pic.twitter.com/PXFl9mPOmk— Celtic TV (@CelticTV) Mayo 4, 2014
Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk has had an impressive debut campaign on the British Isles since making his £2.6m move from Eredivise side FC Groningen, attracting the attentions of Premier League big-boys Arsenal and Manchester United.
The defender arrived with little known about him, but it quickly became evident that Celtic boss Neil Lennon had pulled off a masterstroke with this bargain signing.
The 22-year-old Dutch U21 international shone during The Hoops' brief campaign in the Champions League as the Scottish champions were paired in a group-of-death alongside AC Milan, Barcelona and Ajax.
Following his impressive displays, Manchester United and Arsenal amongst other top clubs had taken an interest and his agent Henk-Maarten Chin later confirmed the speculation in March.
“There is certainly interest. Many English clubs are interested in him, the absolute top clubs. They watch him and are very keen. There has been no official approaches for Virgil yet, but that will come after the season ends.” He said, quoted by The Scotsman.
With Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic leaving and Rio Ferdinand expected to follow, the Red Devils have an important role to fill and they have reportedly identified Van Dijk as an option.
Arsenal have also shown an interest, with a £10m fee branded about as the sum needed for the Gunners to prise him away from Celtic Park.
Arsene Wenger's scouting system doesn't usually venture north of London, but in this instance, the Frenchman may make an exception as Van Dijk would certainly fit in well in Arsenal's back-line.
The Dutchman’s teammates certainly value his presence in Glasgow, and following a memorable campaign where Celtic still have the opportunity to claim 101 points, Van Dijk was awarded the Player’s Player of the Year award alongside England international goalkeeper Fraser Forster.