Kelle Roos admits he was honoured to have been named in the Premiership team of the season and the Aberdeen keeper can’t wait for the Dons to start their European campaign.
And the Dutch shot-stopper revealed he’s loved his time at Pittodrie. Roos enjoyed an excellent first season at Aberdeen after keeping 13 clean sheets in 31 Premiership matches and manager Barry Robson insisted this week the club was lucky to have him.
And the 31-year-old ex-Derby County star was delighted to have been named in the team of the year ahead of Celtic’s treble-winning ex-Manchester City and England keeper Joe Hart.
That was special to be named in the team of the year – it was a real honour for me. In Scottish football, there are many good keepers in the league and of course, Celtic are a three-times champion.
It’s become clear to me that Aberdeen are a club with a big history. The team that won the Cup-Winners Cup in 1983 were recently honoured at one of our games. And you just need to look at our away games – our fans fill half the stadium.
This season, the highlight for me was a 2-0 win over Rangers. And I also made my debut at Celtic Park. I have never experienced European football before and it is a very good reason to stay here.
We are in the same boat as Ajax. If we win a play-off round, we are in the Europa League and if not, we go into the Europa Conference League. I enjoy it at Aberdeen. Everyone thinks it always rains in Scotland, but in Aberdeen, it’s the wind that blows it away!
But Roos, in an interview in an Eindhoven newspaper, admits he’s unlikely to ever fulfill his dream of playing international football for the Netherlands.
I sometimes get asked by the media in Scotland about my chances of playing for the Dutch side one day. But I don’t concern myself with that. I have never had any contact with any of the international coaches. I can only dream about playing for Oranje.
I feel strong and fit here. You can see that by how quickly I recovered from that thigh injury during the season. I still have ten years to go in football, or so it feels.