Dorus de Vries to battle Craig Gordon for Celtic’s No.1 spot

New Celtic signing Dorus de Vries is unveiled to the media. Picture: SNS
New Celtic signing Dorus de Vries is unveiled to the media. Picture: SNS
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New Celtic goalkeeper Dorus de Vries insists he has the belief that will allow him to pinch current Hoops number one Craig Gordon’s place.

The Dutchman has been reunited with his former Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers after signing a two-year deal with the Parkhead outfit.

But the 35-year-old, who joins from Nottingham Forest, says he has not made the move to Scotland with the intention of only sitting on the bench.

He now plans to put Scotland international Gordon under pressure after declaring he has the self-confidence required to line-up between the sticks for the Scottish champions.

De Vries said: “I’ve been told just to show what I have done in the past and compete, because the goalkeepers here are good in their own right.

“I need to earn this jersey. It’s as simple as that. I need to train really hard then it is up to the manager’s decision.”

Asked if he felt he was better than the Hoops’ current number one, he replied: “That’s a tough question but you know what, you have to have self-belief, because there is a lot of responsibility when you stand between those sticks.

“Craig has it and so do I. It will be an interesting battle and it’s something I’m looking forward to.

“I’ve played against Craig when I was with Dunfermline and he was at Hearts. I’ve got great respect for him in terms of what happened to him with his injuries. He fought to get fit and has done really well in the past years.”

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