A Europa League clash against Zenit St Petersburg will have been the kind of high-pressure continental night that Dorus de Vries was dreaming off when he followed Brendan Rodgers to Parkhead in the summer of 2016.
Thanks to an ill-timed injury to usual number one Craig Gordon, the veteran shot-stopper has a great chance of starting against the Russian Premier League giants on Thursday.
And De Vries is thrilled by the prospect of proving himself on the European stage in Celtic colours, as he told the Daily Record. After all, the last time he represented Celtic in continental competition they conceded seven against a rampant Barcelona.
Although in the eyes of many Celtic supporters, the former Swansea City 'keeper should not even be given the opportunity to put things right in two days.
The 37-year-old has looked unconvincing ever since moving to the green half of Glasgow and hardly covered himself in glory during the 3-2 Scottish Cup win against Partick Thistle on Saturday, although it would be harsh to blame him directly for either goal.
Gordon may be out but Celtic do have the solid Scott Bain in reserve, the 26-year-old joining on loan from Dundee on transfer deadline day.
Yet it would be a shock if De Vries did not start against the most prolific side in this season’s Europa League.
I'd probably give bain a bash against zenit not that i think hes the answer but apart from that dundee game i canny remember de vries ever making a save— Baw (@baw1888) February 11, 2018
To be brutally honest I can’t see where we will do anything against zenit.Especially after our last 2 games to put 2 young lads I think we would get our pants pulled down and embarrassed for 90 mins not to mention De Vries has already conceded a lot againSPFL sides.Not optimistic— Declan Carroll (@DeclanCarroll94) February 11, 2018
Zenit will attack our defence on all fronts and put it under serious pressure. That gives me the fear. De Vries is also a major concern as he’s a poor shot stopper. With little time on the ball, the defence will need to make rapid decisions and passes to play out of defence.— Celtic (@Con_Shaunnery) February 10, 2018
De vries geez me fear for zenit— Large Patrick (@Zakmcj_67) February 10, 2018
Yes we’re through, but dear god Zenit will be loving this De Vries is woeful, and that back 4 has not been improved one bit— Jacko (@RyanJackson_21) February 10, 2018
I'm sorry but every time an opponent takes a shot I don't expect De Vries to save it.— Stand Up For Celtic (@StandForCeltic) February 10, 2018