'Fantastic' - Kristoffer Ajer raves about Celtic fringe player
Celtic centre-back Kristoffer Ajer has no problem with Dorus de Vries taking over as the Bhoys’ goalkeeper for the foreseeable future.
The 37-year-old Dutchman has been a fringe player at Parkhead and will start only his second game in over a year when Brendan Rodgers’ side take on Hearts on Tuesday night, with Craig Gordon set to miss three months with a knee injury.
Ajer is confident that his team-mates will be able to handle the task of playing in some big games in the weeks ahead.
“I’m just looking forward to playing with him for the next games,” Ajer said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
“Dorus came in for the second half against Hibs and he did fantastic with the ball and he’s a shot stopper as well, so he’s a great goalkeeper with a lot of experience.”
de Vries’ last start saw him named man of the match against Dundee, as his numerous saves in the second-half helped the Hoops to a 1-0 victory.
He played the second-half of the game against Hibernian, making a vital save from a John McGinn shot to preserve the Bhoys’ narrow lead.
The Hoops head into the game against Hearts looking to extend their 11 point lead at the top of the league table.
They will also be looking for revenge against the only team that’s defeated them in the league so far this season, Hearts winning the last meeting between the teams 4-0 at Tynecastle in December.
The Bhoys will be without not only the aforementioned Gordon for the game but Leigh Griffiths will also be missing due to his calf injury.
On the plus side new signing from Chelsea Charly Musonda may well make his debut.
In other Celtic news, a good performance from Moussa Dembele against Hearts could rekindle his season
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