Former Celtic goalkeeper Dorus De Vries has decided to retire from football. The Dutchman, who left the club at the end of last season, has decided to hang up his gloves at the age of 38.

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As well as playing for the Scottish champions, De Vries also plied his trade for the likes of Nottingham Forest, Swansea City and Dunfermline Athletic in a career that lasted over two decades.

After deciding to retire, De Vries took to Instagram to inform his followers.

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Hi everyone, 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 its 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. Thank u all ❤️

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De Vries retires after mixed Celtic spell

De Vries was brought to Celtic by Brendan Rodgers in 2016 after the pair had worked together at Swansea. He made his debut in a 4-1 win over Aberdeen at the start of the Invincible season and was also between the sticks for the 5-1 home thumping of Rangers.

However, the Dutchman was culpable at Celtic lost 7-0 to Barcelona a few days later. He soldiered on in goals for a few more games before being dropped at half-time during a win over Kilmarnock.

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Craig Gordon took the gloves back and, but for a short stint in his second season, De Vries was never seen again.

He always seemed quite a likeable guy who got on well with his teammates and his club’s supporters. He may not have been the best shot-stopper but he still got to sample some fine experiences during his lengthy career.

We wish him all the best.

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