Dorus De Vries was worried that an injury could scupper his move to Celtic.
Dorus de Vries
Celtic's new signing Dorus De Vries has told the Daily Express that he worried his early season injury would scupper his reunion with Brendan Rodgers.
The Bhoys have had a consistent number one goalkeeper in Craig Gordon ever since Fraser Forster's move to Southampton in 2014, and Ronny Deila even snapped up Belgian goalkeeper Logan Bailly last summer.
Now though, Deila's successor Brendan Rodgers has moved to bring in another stopper, as Dorus De Vries has penned a two-year deal with Celtic having completed a move from Nottingham Forest.
De Vries, 35, is a favourite of Rodgers having worked together during the 2010-11 season at Swansea City, with the Dutchman playing a key role before making a surprise move to Wolves in 2011 once his Swansea deal had expired.
Seen as perfect for Rodgers' style of play given his abiliyt to play out from the back, De Vries is expected to push Gordon for the No. 1 jersey at Celtic Park, and it's a return to Scotland for the veteran having previously had a spell with Dunfermline.
De Vries may immediately start life as Celtic's second choice, and he's now been talking about his move to Scotland, having penned a two-year deal with the Bhoys.
Speaking to the Daily Express, De Vries admitted that he knew of Celtic's interest before he played for Nottingham Forest in their opening-day game against Burton Albion – but was left worried that a deal would collapse having suffered an injury in that game.
De Vries added that Forest were reluctant to let him go at first, but he asked to leave for Celtic in the end, and appreciates that Forest allowed him to make his move to reunite with Rodgers.
"I was aware of Celtic’s interest when we played Burton Albion, and the thought of the move being wrecked went through my mind straight away when I got the injury," said De Vries. "Forest were reluctant in the beginning to let me go, but I told them this was a great opportunity for me."
"The stature of the club, the history, playing for national championships, in cup finals and in Europe, was something I wanted to be part of. I’m really happy that Forest understood that. They granted my wish," he added.
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