Manager reacts to Celtic lining up new signing
By Tom Blackburn
Nottingham Forest manager Phillippe Montanier says the continued speculation about the future of Dorus de Vries is tiresome.
Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog on Friday (8.44am) that de Vries, 35, has arrived in Scotland to put the finishing touches to a move to Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Montanier didn’t deny the deal but said it was becoming a chore, after Forest were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Brighton on Friday night.
“I’m a little tired about the speculation,” Montanier told BBC Radio Nottingham. “I want to try digest this defeat, the rest is not important and for me is not a problem.
“What we need is good players, as we saw this evening, if we are to have ambitions for the Championship.”
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De Vries, who worked with Rodgers during his time at Swansea, will become Celtic’s fifth summer signing.
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 35-year-old Dutch international has one year left on the contract he signed in February 2015.
He started their first game of the season against Burton last weekend, but had to be replaced after 19 minutes when he picked up an ankle knock and the Nottingham Post report he is still out injured.
He played all bar one of their Championship matches last season as the club finished a disappointing 16th, and made three further appearances in cup competitions.
Current Celtic number one Craig Gordon has held down the number one spot since joining the club in 2014, following a two-year absence from the game.
Gordon left Sunderland in 2012 and elected to take a break following a knee injury, but with that behind him joined up with the Hoops and has won two consecutive Scottish titles.
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.
In other Celtic transfer news, they have been braced for a £2million midfielder bid