Dorus de Vries’ spell as Celtic’s number one goalkeeper was short-lived and ill-fated.
At the time, however, Brendan Rodgers was thrilled to make the Dutchman one of his first signings at the Scottish giants. After all, the Northern Irishman hardly hid his admiration for a goalkeeper he worked with during an excellent spell at Swansea City.
“I’ve been really disappointed twice in my career when I’ve lost players – one was (Luis) Suarez at Liverpool and the first one was De Vries at Swansea,” Rodgers quipped to the Daily Record in August of last year.
With the former Liverpool boss keen to instil a new philosophy at Parkhead, revolving around playing out from the back, the veteran ‘keeper’s excellent footwork and passing ability meant long-serving number one Craig Gordon quickly found himself on the bench.
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Though not for long. The 36-year-old de Vries featured in Celtic’s first four games of the Scottish Premiership season in 2016/17 but hardly convinced. In fact, De Vries conceded 12 goals in five games, including seven in Celtic’s worst ever European defeat at the hands of Barcelona.
Once he suffered an ankle injury in September, Gordon returned and never looked back. The Scotland international has evolved under Rodgers from an old-school shot-stopper into a modern goalkeeper with impressive distribution skills. Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Meanwhile, De Vries has continued to struggle with injury and has not made a single appearance in Celtic colours since a 6-1 thrashing of Kilmarnock 13 months ago. He’s out of contract in the summer too.
Has one of Rodgers’ all-time favourite players made his final appearance for Celtic?