Celtic goalkeeper Dorus de Vries is hopeful that with a bit of luck the Hoops will be able to follow in the footsteps of his countrymen Ajax and make a big impact in the Europa League.
The Dutch side reached the final of last season’s competition, despite being one of the least-fancied teams in the tournament, where they lost 2-0 to Manchester United.
De Vries believes that the Hoops, who face Zenit in the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday night, have the capabilities to match European giants Ajax’s achievements.
“Ajax are a good example of what is possible. You never know what will happen in football. Fingers crossed” he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“We are a young with a lot of potential, but a lot of the young guys here play like men and there is only room to grow and get better. Playing in Europe will help these guys reach their true potential.”
The 37-year-old is set to start in goals against the Russian side at Celtic Park, as he replaces Craig Gordon who is currently out of action with a knee injury.
The game will be de Vries’ first start in Europe since the 7-0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League group stages last season, as he lost his place in the side soon after that match.
The game will be tough for the Hoops, as not only will they be without Gordon, but Dedryck Boyata, Leigh Griffiths and Patrick Roberts will all miss the match against the team managed by former Manchester City Premier League title winner Roberto Mancini.
In other Celtic news, de Vries has given his verdict on the 7-0 loss to Barcelona