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Celtic senior player must prove doubters wrong in biggest test of them all

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Celtic goalkeeper Dorus de Vries will have to once again prove the doubters wrong when he faces Rangers at Ibrox in the Old Firm derby next Sunday.

The 37-year-old senior player hasn’t convinced supporters since taking over in goals from regular number one Craig Gordon, who suffered a knee injury back in January.

De Vries was held responsible by many supporters to be culpable for the 3-0 loss in Zenit which saw the Hoops crash out of Europe, as his attempt to save Daler Kuzyaev’s swerving shot ended in failure.

The danger that Hoops fans will fear is that if Rangers start taking pot shots at goal de Vries is liable to let one into the net, and the Old Firm derby will be the biggest match of his Hoops career so far, even bigger than the Champions League game against Barcelona last season.

The start of the game will tell us how de Vries’ performance is likely to go. If he makes an early save then it could gave him confidence for the rest of the game, whereas an early mistake may set the tone the other way.

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De Vries can make decent saves, and he made two good ones in the Hoops’ recent 2-0 win over Aberdeen, but the danger is always there that a mistake may be lurking.

In other Celtic news, Wigan’s Nick Powell has been linked with the Hoops

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