Former Celtic star Virgil van Dijk nominated for Barclay’s Premier League gong

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport

As Celtic’s domestic woes continue, former Hoops favourite Virgil van Dijk has shown his old club what they are missing by landing a nomination for Barclay’s Premier League player of the month.

The 24-year-old, who left Parkhead in a £11.5 million deal last August, has been listed alongside Jermain Defoe, Sergio Aguero, Roberto Firmino, Deli Alli and Kasper Schmeichel for January’s prize.

(Pic: Brian Hargadon)
Van Dijk, during his days at Celtic (Pic: Brian Hargadon)

Van Dijk was a mainstay at the heart of the Saints defence as they posted a 100 per cent record last month with wins over Watford, West Brom and Manchester United, keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Official league statistics show the Dutch internationalist – who has made 27 appearances since his move south of the border – made 16 key interceptions, blocked two shots and made 34 clearances.

Saints boss Ronald Koeman has also been nominated for manager of the month as the south-coast outfit chase an awards double.

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