Brendan Rodgers praises Celtic goalkeeper Dorus de Vries

Brendan Rodgers, coach of Celtic looks on during a Celtic training session on the eve of their UEFA Champions League match against Anderlecht at Lennoxtown Training Ground on December 4,...

Dorus de Vries joined Celtic in the summer of 2016.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during a training session at Lennoxtown on December 29, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has suggested to The Glasgow Evening Times that Dorus de Vries is a better player than people think him to be.

De Vries joined Celtic in the summer of 2016 after leaving Nottingham Forest in the Championship in England.

The 37-year-old was signed to provide competition to first-choice goalkeeper Craig Gordon, with the Dutchman having worked with Rodgers at Swansea City.

Dorus de Vries of Celtic during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on September 10, 2016 in Glasgow.

Rodgers told The Glasgow Evening Times about De Vries: “He is certainly a better player than on what people are judging him on really.

“He is a goalkeeper who has worked in the Premier League and worked at a level that tells you he is a really competent goalkeeper."

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C) shoots to score a goal between Celtic's Swedish defender Mikael Lustig (L) and Celtic's Dutch goalkeeper Dorus de Vries during the UEFA...

First choice for now

The recent injury to Gordon means that for the next few weeks De Vries will be the first-choice goalkeeper at Celtic.

This is a good period for the Dutchman to show what he is capable of and perhaps make it harder for Gordon to get back into the team when the Scotlans regains full fitness.

Celtic have some important matches coming up, including Europa League games, and the 37-year-old will have to be on top of his game.

The Hoops will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Partick Thistle at Celtic Park in the Scottish Premiership.

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