Reigning Scottish Champions Celtic have confirmed the capture of Dorus de Vries from Nottingham Forest on a two-year deal, with the goalkeeper expected to provide competition for current number one Craig Gordon.
The move sees the 35-year-old link up once again with Brendan Rodgers, with the veteran goalkeeper having played under the Celtic manager at Swansea.
Rodgers is delighted with the signing, telling Sky Sports:
“Dorus is one that I obviously know very, very well from my time at Swansea and I like to have a goalkeeper that can be comfortable with his feet, so when you have the ball you have 11 players as opposed to 10 players and a goalkeeper.
“He gives a different dimension to how we want to work, and he’s coming here to challenge to be number one. So I think it’s an excellent signing for us.”
De Vries has a huge amount of experience having spent the last nine years in England, playing in League One, the Championship, and the Premier League with spells at Swansea City, Wolverhampton Wanderers as well as having spent the past three seasons at Nottingham Forest.
The Dutchman is no stranger to Scottish football having played the 2006/2007 season with Dunfermline following a successful trial with the Pars in the summer of 2006. Despite Dunfermline’s relegation that season, the goalkeeper received several plaudits, with the former Den Haag keeper helping the club reach the Scottish Cup final.
Ironically, his final game in Scottish football for Dunfermline came in that Scottish Cup final defeat to his new club Celtic, with Cameroon international Jean-Joël Perrier-Doumbé scoring the only goal of the game.
The opportunity to play European football is thought to have played a significant role in luring the Dutchman north of Hadrian’s Wall, and De Vries will be hopeful of making his debut in Wednesday’s Champions League play-off first-leg tie against Hapoel Beer Sheva.
He told Sky Sports:
“It was a difficult decision for me to make but the opportunity was too good to turn down. To have the chance to compete at the highest level in Europe is something I have always targeted, so when my agent told me about the interest from Celtic I knew it was something I needed to look at.”
The deal is the fourth addition of the summer for Celtic, following the arrival of Brendan Rodgers in May. The 43-year-old Carnlough native will be hopeful the additions of Moussa Dembélé, Kolo Touré, Scott Sinclair and now De Vries will be enough to see Celtic win their sixth consecutive league title.
Steven Parkhill, Pundit Arena