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‘WHY CELTIC ARE SO SPECIAL,’ DE VRIES

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DORUS DE VRIES admitted his love of Celtic after he helped the team extend their unbeaten domestic run to 59 games with a 1-0 win over Dundee at Parkhead.

The Dutchman replaced Scotland international keeper Craig Gordon for the encounter that saw the Hoops take three points thanks to Olivier Ntcham’s second-half strike.

De Vries made three excellent saves to repel the Tayside outfit and he said afterwards: “Sometimes as a goalkeeper, you get the chance to show what you’ve got and sometimes not.

“You can’t force teams into that, you have to produce those saves. You just have to take the opportunity and make the most out of them.

“Those opportunities might not be often, but as long as you’re there when called upon, that’s the most important thing

“Once you come in and there’s an unbeaten run you want to be on top of your game so it’s a pressure game, no matter how you cut it down. 

“You want to do it to the best of your ability, really, so luckily we had the supporters behind us. To play in this stadium is amazing, especially with the crowd behind you. “

De Vries added: “Last summer, there were opportunities for me to leave, but I wasn’t allowed to move, so that just shows the faith the gaffer has in me and my experience. 

 
“To be here at such a special club, you know you’ve got to be patient. You want to stay involved and create something special here, which we showed last year.

“We still want to create something special this year and to be part of that is something special as well.

“I don’t look too far ahead in the future because you never know. For me Celtic Football Club is an amazing club, I can’t state that enough, and it’s a privilege to be here.”

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