Celtic fans express Dorus de Vries fears ahead of Europa League clash

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Ranger at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Veteran goalkeeper Dorus de Vries is expected to start between the sticks as Celtic face Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League round of 32.

Dorus de Vries of Celtic during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on September 10, 2016 in Glasgow.

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.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C) shoots to score a goal between Celtic's Swedish defender Mikael Lustig (L) and Celtic's Dutch goalkeeper Dorus de Vries during the UEFA...

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.

Scott Bain of Dundee on July 30, 2016 in Dundee, Scotland.

Yet it would be a shock if De Vries did not start against the most prolific side in this season’s Europa League.

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