Dorus de Vries has outlined how he recovered from Celtic’s 7-0 Champions League humiliation by Barcelona last season.
The Dutchman lost his place as first-choice goalkeeper to Craig Gordon soon after the defeat, but with Gordon injured the 37-year-old is set to return for his first European start since then in the Europa League clash against Zenit on Thursday.
De Vries claims that he always learns from every match he plays in, no matter the result.
“Of course, you are always looking to rectify certain stuff and be better in the next game” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Barcelona are exceptional, and they were exceptional that night. Everything went for them, it seemed like shooting practice at times.
“But that is part of being a team, it is part of being a goalie. You learn from it, you go on and you make sure that you keep on going mentally, and prepare yourself for the next game and keep going.”
De Vries will be an important player on the night, as the Hoops look to take a first-leg lead over to Russia for the second leg.
He hasn’t had the best reputation amongst supporters, but he could become a hero if he helps the Bhoys defeat the side currently second in the Russian league, and who are managed by former Manchester City Premier League winning boss Roberto Mancini.
It won’t be any easy task, as the likes of Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts, Dedryck Boyata and the aforementioned Gordon are all missing due to injury.
The match against Zenit is the first in Europe the Bhoys will play in after Christmas in three years, since the 3-3 draw with Inter in 2015.
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