Chris Sutton recently stated that Dorus de Vries should’ve left Celtic a long time ago.
The Dutchman has proved to be a flop during his time at Parkhead. Signed by Brendan Rodgers during his first few months at the club, de Vries has only went on to make 15 appearances for the Hoops.
He’s still currently at the club, and has played in reserve team action this season also. With his contract coming to an end this summer, it doesn’t look likely that he’ll stay beyond then. There’s no new deal in sight, and Celtic, you would expect, will have to go out and find a replacement.
But keeping de Vries on isn’t the baffling decision Sutton believes it is.
For all of his failures since arriving at Celtic, he’s proving to be a good asset for the youngsters at Parkhead. He often is seen working with the reserve team goalkeepers, and is an experienced head for them to tap on.
And, just look at what has happened to Craig Gordon over the last couple of months. The Scotland veteran is still currently out with a knee injury. He hasn’t been able to appear in the last five matchday squads, meaning that de Vries has had to step in for cover.
What would we have done if Bain got injured?
Now, if anything was to happen to Scott Bain, be it an injury or a sending off, Celtic would’ve had no senior goalkeepers at a key time in the season without de Vries. He may not be the best goalkeeper in Celtic’s history, but he has a lot more experience than the Celtic youth shot-stoppers.
Is it far-fetched to imagine injuries to both Bain and Gordon? Possibly, but it could happen, and you can hardly blame Celtic for keeping themselves well covered in this position.
You could argue that only by getting game-time could our youth goalkeepers improve. But, can you truly blame Celtic for not wanting to take that risk with the pressure on for a treble treble?
De Vries will likely be off before long. But Celtic deserve credit for hanging onto him as opposed to any form of criticism. It’s been the right move, and Gordon’s injury has validated it.