By Will Butcher
New Celtic goalkeeper signing Dorus de Vries has revealed that Liverpool tried to sign him two years ago.
The former Holland international has joined the Scottish Champions from Nottingham Forest after signing a two-year deal and is expected to challenge Craig Gordon for the number one spot at Celtic Park.
De Vries revealed that manager Brendan Rodgers wanted a reunion at Premier League giants Liverpool after they worked together at Swansea.
“A couple of years ago when Brendan Rodgers was the manager at Liverpool, he tried to sign me,” the 35-year-old revealed, as quoted by the BBC Sport website. “That deal never happened, unfortunately.
“I’m glad that even at this stage of my career that I can have a move like this. I’m glad to be here. There’s a lot to play for.”
Former Dunfermline keeper De Vries, who lost the 2007 Scottish Cup final 1-0 against Celtic, has been at Forest since 2013 and was voted the club’s Player of the Season in 2015-16.
The veteran goalkeeper is desperate to win the number one jersey on Parkhead, and spoke of the intense rivalry he is set to face.
“I respect the goalkeepers who are here,” he said. “Craig Gordon’s a great goalkeeper, Logan Bailly the same.
“With young Leonardo Fasan coming through the ranks as well, there’s good competition going on.”
De Vries has become Rodgers’ fifth summer signing, after Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele, Kristoffer Ajer and Kolo Toure all moved to Celtic Park.
Having won the Scottish Premiership last season, Celtic are now bidding for their six straight title but face stiff competition with Rangers returning to the top flight.
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