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  • De Vries: I'm finding my rhythm for Celts

    De Vries: I'm finding my rhythm for Celts

    By: Mark Henderson on 06 Feb, 2018 17:06

  • DORUS de Vries believes he is now beginning to find his rhythm after starting Celtic’s last two matches between the sticks.

    The 37-year-old has had to bide his time for a chance this season, but Craig Gordon’s knee injury against Hibernian saw him come on for the remainder of that game in only his second appearance for the season.

    He retained his place for the 3-1 win over Hearts and Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock, and now the goalkeeper is determined to play his part for the Hoops over the second half of the season.

    The Dutchman said: “I am getting into my rhythm and my flow. In terms of the players playing in front of me, I am getting a better understanding and recognising game scenarios and all that kind of stuff, and with that comes confidence. I am getting there.

    "It's great playing to be fair, that's what you train for as a player. It's unfortunate for Craig with the long-term injury, and now it’s time for me to step up and show what I can do.

    "I have been training hard since I got here, trying to maintain focus and standards, and that’s all I have done since I arrived here. Now the time has come that I am playing and I need to make sure I am ready.

    “You need to try and stay motivated but I’m really fortunate with the players we have here – they keep you sharp, they keep you going. It’s the same with the technical staff, as everyone here is so enjoyable to work with, including the goalkeeping coach. They make sure you are really focused and that’s the good part of being here.  

    “Training is always different from playing games, but you try to train as hard as possible and be as focused as possible, and do the right things in terms of living right and not changing much in your life, whether you are playing or not, and that’s what I have tried to do over the last 18 months.

    “You take it game by game really. You get a run of games and get your flow going and get into the routine of how you are going to play 90 minutes in.”

    De Vries admitted that he had considered heading elsewhere due to his lack of involvement but he loves life with the Scottish champions and never wanted to leave.

    He said: "You are always thinking about possibilities because, for players, playing is the most important thing, and that counts for me as a goalkeeper as well.

    “Saying that, I am really happy here. I have everything here, in terms of the staff and the players, and the club is great to be involved in.

    “Of course you are looking for game-time, but it is a great club to be involved in and I am really pleased to be here.

    “I am looking forward to every single game and trying to make it as enjoyable as possible and making sure I am ready for my team.

    “We have a great team of hungry players, players with a winning mentality and great potential, and it’s great to play with every single one of them.”

    Dorus de Vries was speaking to the media as the Celtic Women's team announced a two-year front-of-shirt sponsorship deal IT and Communications company, Exsel Group.  

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