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NEW Bhoy Dorus de Vries is hoping to make his second appearance for Celtic in the Glasgow derby tomorrow.

The 35-year-old Dutch keeper, who made his debut in the 4-1 win over Aberdeen, insists he will approach the match with the same mentality as every other game.
He said: “I thought Aberdeen were a really good side and Rangers (sic) are as well and it doesn’t matter if you are playing Rangers (sic), Aberdeen or Hearts, they are always tough matches as they always want to beat you.

“You take every game as it is and, of course, there are some games more special than others, but your goal always stays the same – you want to win.”

Just three days after the clash with the latest Ibrox club, Celtic will contest their first Champions League group game against Barcelona in the Nou Camp.

It will be an exciting introduction to Europe’s elite competition for De Vries and he can’t wait to test himself on the big stage against some of the best players in the world.

He said: “The draw is a bit of a mix as there are great teams, but Barca and Celtic seem to draw one another quite often and they seem to have a great connection.

“These will be great games against Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach, as well. I have played a couple of friendly games against Monchengladbach in the past and the fans are incredible.

“So, to experience the Champions League will be great for this club and for everyone involved so I’m looking forward to it.

“You want to test yourself against the best and that’s how you grow and get better.

“It’s great to have had my debut, but that’s out of the way and I want to kick on and, hopefully, better things are coming and to be part of a Champions League squad is fantastic.”
* De Vries was talking to The Celtic View, which will be on sale before the match from programme sellers and from the Celtic Superstore.
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