GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Virgil van Dijk of Celtic breaks clear of Nicky Law of Rangers during the Scottish League Cup Semi-Final between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on February 1, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Virgil van Dijk revealed the impact Celtic had on his playing career before his rise to stardom in the football world

The Hoops signed a 21-year-old Van Dijk from FC Groningen in June 2013 for a transfer fee of just £2.6m.

It was in Glasgow where Van Dijk first made a name for himself with the Dutch centre-back being named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year in his two full seasons at Celtic.

After 115 appearances, Van Dijk switched to Southampton in 2015 before going on to seal a world record transfer of £75m for a defender to Liverpool in January.

Van Dijk then capped off a brilliant debut campaign at Liverpool by helping them reach the Champions League final.

“Celtic helped me a lot in making my move to Southampton,” Van Dijk told BBC Scotland. “I’m always grateful for that.

“It was a great time for me in my development. Three years abroad adapting to the British style of play and winning trophies for such a big club with amazing fans.”

Former Chelsea forward Chris Sutton even reckons Van Dijk is now the world’s third best player.