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



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.