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  • De Vries: It's a privilege to be part of such a special club

    De Vries: It's a privilege to be part of such a special club

    By: Tony Connelly on 15 Oct, 2017 11:00

  • DORUS De Vries spoke of his love for Celtic after he helped the Hoops extend their unbeaten domestic run to 59 games in a 1-0 win over Dundee Paradise. The Dutchman replaced Craig Gordon in goals for the Premiership fixture which saw Celtic take all three points thanks to Olivier Ntcham’s second-half strike.

    While Celtic dominated the game and came close to scoring on numerous occasions, Neil McCann’s side managed to pose a threat at moments during the contest, particularly in the second-half.

    However, De Vries was equal to the challenge and pulled off three fantastic saves to ensure he kept a clean sheet and Celtic took all three points.

    Speaking after the game he said: “Sometimes as a goalkeeper you get the chance to show what you’ve got and sometimes not. You can’t force teams into that, you have to produce those saves. You just have to take the opportunity and make the most out of them.

    “Those opportunities might not be often but as long as you’re there when called upon, that’s the most important thing

    “Once you come in and there’s an unbeaten run you want to be on top of your game so it’s a pressure game, no matter how you cut it down. You want to do it to the best of your ability, really, so luckily we had the supporters behind us. To play in this stadium is amazing, especially with the crowd behind you. “

    The Dutchman has been second-choice to Craig Gordon, but he maintained that he wants to play his part whenever he can at a club which means so much to him.

    “Last summer there were opportunities for me to leave as well but I wasn’t allowed to leave," he explained, "so that just shows the faith the gaffer has in me and my experience.  

    “To be here at such a special club, you know you’ve got to be patient. You want to stay involved and create something special here, which we showed last year. We still want to create something special this year and to be part of that is something special as well.

    “I don’t look to far ahead in the future because you never know. For me Celtic Football Club is an amazing club, I can’t state that enough, and it’s a privilege to be here.”

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