Chris Sutton gives his verdict on reportedly imminent arrival of fifth Celtic signing
By Tom Blackburn
Celtic legend Chris Sutton has backed incoming new signing Dorus de Vries to improve current number one Craig Gordon.
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.
Sutton has subsequently welcomed the arrival of de Vries and claimed the increased competition for places will be healthy.
“Celtic have improved their team and Rodgers is already getting more out of the players already there,” Sutton wrote in The Daily Record. “He wants another couple in and Dorus de Vries is a good move.
“I said in a couple of weeks ago I wasn’t convinced by Craig Gordon so having some proper competition will be heathy.”
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Sutton was highly critical of the current number one last month after the club grabbed a draw in Champions League qualifying against Astana.
Well dug in! Leigh Griffiths wallop stunning! Gordon stinker for goal. Bullied in 1st half. Subs good. Job done but still work to do????????
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) July 27, 2016
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.
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.
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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