De Vries delivers verdict on being Celtic fringe player
Dorus de Vries has spoken of his delight at finally playing in a big European night at Celtic Park.
The Hoops goalkeeper’s career in Glasgow seemed to be at a standstill following a poor performance against Barcelona in the Champions League last season, where he seemed overawed and conceded seven goals.
However, the recent knee injury suffered by Craig Gordon has given the 37-year-old fringe player a second chance, as he has grasped it, starring as the Hoops defeated Zenit 1-0 in their Europa League first leg tie.
De Vries thoroughly enjoyed an occasion he thought he might never get a chance to play in, and is loving the new lease of life his career is currently going through.
“These are the stages you want to be involved in and these are the games you want to be involved in, and especially with the players in front of me because it’s a joy to play with them” the goalkeeper said, as quoted by the Herald.
“With this crowd as well, what do I have to complain about?”
“Of course [you think your chance won’t come], because you are sitting on the bench. It might be that your chance has been, and that’s it.
“But I’m the type of guy that wants to stay as professional as I’ve ever been, and especially as you get older, you try to maintain your body and your physical shape as best as you can.”
De Vries had his most significant moment of the match in the first-half, when the match still goalless he pulled off a superb close range save to deny Zenit’s Zabolotny what would have been the critical away goal.
De Vries and his team-mates return to league action against St Johnstone on Sunday, where a victory will take the Hoops 11 points clear of second placed Aberdeen in the Scottish Premieship table.
The Bhoys then travel to Russia for the second leg against Zenit on Thursday.
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