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Rodgers raves about Celtic senior player after win v Dundee

By Aramide Oladipo

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has heaped huge praise on first-team goalkeeper Dorus de Vries for his performance against Dundee on Saturday afternoon.

The 36-year-old made his first appearance of the season and his first for this club since last September.

The Hoops managed to secure the three points with a close 1-0 win at Celtic Park and de Vries produced a stunning performance to keep a clean sheet.

Summer signing Olivier Ntcham notched up the winning goal but the Dutch goalkeeper made a string of important saves to ensure that the SPL champions extended their unbeaten run in domestic competitions to 59 matches.

Speaking to the Daily Record after the match, Rodgers were quick to single out the goalkeeper for his display and praised him for his great professionalism.

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“It is a testament to how professional he is, how hard he has worked,” he said.

“It is has been a year or so since he last played competitively.

“The last game was Sunderland away (pre-season friendly) where he was excellent and this was a nice game to come into.

“He didn’t have a great deal to do but towards the end when the ball was coming in around the box, he showed his agility and concentration to make the saves.”

The result means that Celtic remain level on points with Aberdeen at the top of the table and they currently boast the best defensive record in the league, conceding a total of five goals in nine matches.

Despite de Vries’ impressive weekend performance, Rodgers is likely to recall first-choice shot-stopper Craig Gordon to the starting line up when the Hoops travel to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League in midweek.

In other Celtic news, the club are joint favourites to sign a left-footed midfield creator who has demolished the Hoops in the past.

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