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Brendan Rodgers signs Dutch keeper to strengthen Celtic options

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic have confirmed the signing of Dutch goalkeeper Dorus de Vries from Nottingham Forest on a two-year deal.

The 35-year-old spent the 2006-07 season in Scotland with Dunfermline before joining Swansea, where he worked under Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.

After four years in South Wales, he moved on to Wolves and has been at Forest for the past three seasons.

Rodgers has already indicated De Vries will provide competition for current Celtic number one Craig Gordon.

"I need a goalkeeper who, when we have possession, we have 11 players," Rodgers explained after Celtic's 2-0 friendly defeat by Inter Milan in Limerick on Saturday.

"I need someone who can distribute the ball and pass it. Dorus is as good as I've seen at that in all my travels.

"He comes into what is already a good number of keepers here and his game is perfectly suited to how I want to work. He's there to push Craig."

The Hoops concluded their International Champions Cup campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Inter Milan at Thomond Park in Limerick. Rodgers' men lost to goals from Eder and Antonio Candreva.

Defeats against Leicester and Barcelona left Brendan Rodgers' side with nothing but pride left to play for in their final game of the tournament and with this week's Champions League qualifying clash against Hapoel Be'er Sheva in mind the Celtic boss named an almost entirely different team to the one that comfortably beat Motherwell during the week.

Only Saidy Janko and Emilio Izaguirre retained their places in a largely second-string line up in Ireland.

The Scottish champions went 1-0 down as half-time approached when Perisic flicked a header back across goal from a corner and Eder simply turned the ball in from close range.

And in the 71st minute Inter hit Rodgers' side on the counter attack to extend their lead. Candreva latched on to a lovely through ball from Mauro Icardi before beating Fasan with a perfectly-weighted chip.

It was another defeat but Rodgers will at least have a better idea of what his fringe players will be able to provide should they be called up on over the course of the season.

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