Dijkstra began his career with Roda JC but failed to make an appearance, spending time on loan at AZ and Hasselt. In 1991, he moved to Scottish side Motherwell, where he made his debut in an August 1991 League Cup tie against Raith Rovers. He would spend the next three seasons at Fir Park, replacing Ally Maxwell in the squad and eventually winning a battle for the starting place with Billy Thomson. The club challenged for the 1993–94 Scottish Premier Division title, eventually finishing third. He was regarded as a cult hero at Motherwell.