By Richard Parks
Neil Lennon was blown away by Virgil van Dijk’s first training session after signing for Celtic – and predicted the defender was destined for huge things.
The giant centre-back was signed by the Hoops from Dutch club Groningen in the summer of 2013 for a bargain price of £2.7million.
Ex-Celtic manager Lennon, who is now in charge of Hibernian, knew right away that he had a rare talent on his hands.
As reported by the Times, ‘on the day of his first training session with Celtic, a time for greetings and introductions, Neil Lennon, the manager, watched agog and then said a form of farewell. “I had a chat with him and said ‘Enjoy yourself, because I don’t think you’ll be here long,’ ” Lennon said. “The progress was impossible to stop.”’
Liverpool fans will enjoy the anecdote of the engaging Lennon, as it provides further evidence of Van Dijk’s star quality.
The Holland international spent two years at Celtic before joining Southampton two years later and his smooth progress on the south coast resulted in Liverpool paying a record fee for a defender of £75million last month.
The centre-back has had an impressive start to his Anfield career and delivered a polished Champions League display in their 5-0 hammering of Porto in the first leg of the last-16 clash on Wednesday night.
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