Following his heroics against Dundee over the course of the weekend, the Celtic fans in the Transfer Tavern have been praising Dorus De Vries. Thanks to him, the SPFL champions were able to continue their wonderful winning streak on domestic soil.
Though the Dutch ‘keeper has had to wait for his chance due to Brendan Rodgers’ faith in Craig Gordon, he certainly impressed during the win over the Dee, ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Whether or not his heroics between the sticks will be enough to see him handed a starting berth in Bavaria remains to be seen, though our punters clad in green and white aren’t convinced.
So, with increased attention around the 36-year-old, an interesting transfer tidbit has emerged from the Glasgow Evening Times. While sourcing quotes from the former Nottingham Forest man, they also reveal that the club REJECTED moves away from the club over the course of the summer.
Indeed, he’s understood to have had offers to take him away from Glasgow due to his role as back-up, though manager Brendan Rodgers reportedly stepped in to prevent De Vries from departing Parkhead. As you can imagine, the Celtic fans in our bar are rather happy about that now.
Though Gordon has been largely the first choice under Rodgers’ stead, the Scot is far from imperious between the sticks. With that in mind, there’s always a chance for de Vries, who is an ideal option to act as both cover and competition for the aforementioned Scotland international.