The enigma surrounding Celtic goalkeeper Dorus de Vries shows no signs of coming to an end as the Hoops get set to face Zenit in the Europa League second leg on Thursday.
Just when it seemed he had won a sceptical support over with a fine save from Zabolotny’s close range effort, he was back to his ‘normal’ self in the goalless stalemate against St Johnstone on Sunday – extremely uneasy, especially with the ball at his feet.
There has to be a worry at the back of the minds of the support – and perhaps even Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers – that the 37-year-old may go to pieces in the intimidating Krestovsky Stadium, which with the roof closed is set to be a cauldron of noise and atmosphere.
The worst thing that could happen would be the Bhoys conceding an early goal, as there would be the worry that the heads could drop all throughout the squad.
On the other hand, an early save by the Dutchman could give confidence to not only the rest of his team-mates but also the support.
The game is set to be a defining moment in de Vries’ Celtic career.
If the Bhoys get through he will be remembered as a hero, but if his performance is a disaster, it could be curtains for the senior player.
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