DORUS DE VRIES is ready to play his role in Celtic’s determined bid to complete successive trebles this season.

The Dutch goalkeeper spent the bulk of last term on the sidelines with Craig Gordon in charge.

However, De Vries has taken over from the Scotland international No.1 following his knee injury sustained in the first-half of the 1-0 win over Hibs at Parkhead on January 27.

He said: “When I was down south, I was used to playing 50-odd games a season and that is what you want.

“It is great for me to be in this position just now and I just want to go out and give it my best shot.

“There are some very interesting and exciting games coming up and I want to play a part in it.

“You always feel a little bit out of it when you are not playing. That is nothing to do with the squad or the players it just comes from yourself.

“But it is a team game and now that I am in the position I want to do my best for the team.”

The 37-year-old shotstopper added: “As soon as you build up a little bit of momentum, you just want to carry it on.

“It was important to me to get a clean sheet against Aberdeen. I was pleased with it.

“It was a big game for me, but for also for us and I thought as a team we played really well.

“If you look at our performance and the way we bounced back, it showed the true character that we have in the team.

“We have the focus, too, and that is what it is about at this stage.

“The pitch wasn’t great, but we were able to grind out the result and now we want to focus on the remaining 10 league games of the season.

“I am really proud of the guys in front of me.”

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