Former Celtic keeper announces retirement

Former Celtic goalkeeper Dorus de Vries has announced his retirement from the game after leaving the Scottish champions at the end of last season.

The 38-year-old will now focus on working towards his studies at university and his coaching badges after spending the last three years at Celtic Park under Brendan Rodgers and latterly Neil Lennon.

Taking to his official instagram page, De Vries said: "After 20+ years as a professional footballer it is time for me to hang up my boots and gloves. I would like to thank all of u who supported me on this fantastic journey I had as a professional football player.

"I am very fortunate to have played for some fantastic and well supported clubs and i would like to thank everyone who worked closely with me, my family and friends, my former teammates, my agent, management, coaches, backroom staff and supporters at Telstar, ADO Den Haag, Dunfermline, Swansea city, Wolves, Nottingham Forest and Celtic.

"Now it’s time for a bit of a break but after holidays i will continue to work on my coaching badges and will start a master in sport management at the Johan Cruyff university which is something i am very excited about."

The 38-year-old was signed by then-Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers in August 2016, with the two previously working together at Swansea.

Despite usurping Craig Gordon in the battle for the number one jersey, de Vries could only muster five games in his first season - including the 7-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Nou Camp - before Gordon won back the jersey.

His second season at Celtic, saw him play second fiddle to Gordon once again until the Scotland international picked up a serious injury which sidelined him for the remainder of the season. However, he made a further ten appearances that season before loan signing Scott Bain won the gloves and the permanent signing of the Dundee keeper in the summer effectively ended his Celtic career.

He didn't play a single minute of first-team football last season with Craig Gordon and Scott Bain preferred by both Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon before his contract expired.

In his three seasons at Celtic, De Vries played just 15 times conceding 19 goals.