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  • Dorus: I'm looking forward to the future with Celtic

    Dorus: I'm looking forward to the future with Celtic

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 16 Nov, 2017 18:11

  • DORUS de Vries is part of a strong goalkeeping unit at Celtic, all of them working hard under the guidance of a top-class coach in Stevie Woods, and led by an inspirational manager in Brendan Rodgers.

    The players have already enjoyed the benefits of that, with a domestic treble won in unbeatable style last season, and the team is continuing to go from strength to strength in this campaign.

    So it was an easy decision for the Dutchman to put pen to paper on a contract extension which will see him remain at the club until the summer of 2019.

    He is continuing to enjoy life at one of football’s top clubs, working hard every day on the training pitches at Lennoxtown and ready to be called upon if and when required, which he did to great effect in a 1-0 win over Dundee at Celtic Park last month.

    Speaking exclusively to the official Celtic website, the 36-year-old said: “As a player you want to be at the best clubs and Celtic is certainly up there. It’s a great squad to play in, great technical staff who are enjoyable to work with as well, and, for me, everything is here to keep on going and make sure that we keep bringing trophies to this club.

    “Stevie Woods is a great goalkeeping coach. I worked with him in the past and it’s a great pleasure to be working with him again.

    “Craig Gordon, Conor Hazard, Ross Doohan, and there are a couple of youngsters as well, are all great. We all just want to keep going strong, working really hard, training well, ensuring everyone stays focused and fit, and make sure that the goalkeepers’ union stays strong.

    “When called upon, you just need to be ready and that’s what we’re all aiming for. We all keep each other on our toes to get the best out of each other in training every day.”

    De Vries is enjoying his second spell working with Brendan Rodgers, having previously done so at Swansea City, and he knows full well the benefits the Irishman brings to the squad.

    “It was a joy to work with the gaffer at Swansea City before and ever since I joined Celtic, it’s been brilliant,” he said.

    “It’s great to be involved in a club like Celtic, especially with the success that we had last season as well, and we’re trying to build on that this yea. It’s great to be part of that and I’m looking forward to what the future holds.”

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