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DE VRIES’ TWIN TARGET

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NEW Bhoy Dorus de Vries insists he is ready to face The “Rangers” and Barcelona after making his debut in the 4-1 win over Aberdeen at the weekend.
Brendan Rodgers brought in the 35-year-old keeper in place of Scotland international Craig Gordon for his Hoops baptism in front of almost 58,000 fans against last season’s Premiership runners-up.
De Vries agreed a two-year deal with the champions after his £400,000 move from Nottingham Forest earlier in the month.
The Dutchman, who previously worked with Rodgers at Swansea City, is eager to retain the No.1 position for the new Glasgow league derby against the new Ibrox club at Parkhead a week on Saturday and the opening Champions League group encounter against Barcelona in the Nou Camp three days later.

He said: “I always feel ready, especially after Saturday. You always want to get your debut out of the way. It was a good win by the team and especially after returning from my injury in the last two weeks.

“It’s just been really nice to be on the training pitch. The more you train and the more you play games, the better it will become.

“I’ve only been here for a short time, but it’s a great time to be involved. There’s a lot of things happening at the club. I was in Israel and you could see how much it means to qualify for the Champions League again, which is a great achievement by all the players.

“That was a great moment to kick on. Saturday was a really important game. We all know about Aberdeen and what they did last year. They are always going to be a good side and in the past Celtic have always been a little bit difficult against them. But we showed that we intend to do whatever we can do and score goals.

“You always want a game, it doesn’t matter who against, even in a pre-season friendly. It doesn’t matter which opposition. You don’t take things for granted as a player, you never should, you don’t want overestimation or underestimation to come into play.

“All you want to do is perform on the day itself, whoever is the opponent doesn’t matter.”
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