Celtic were unceremoniously dumped out of Europe on Thursday night, collapsing 3-0 away to FC Zenit and failing to protect their 1-0 aggregate lead from the first leg at Celtic Park.
It was a typically frustrating performance away from home in Europe from the Hoops, who failed to deal with the threat of the Russians from kick-off through to the 90th minute.
Roberto Mancini’s side didn’t even have to work too hard for their victory, with Branislav Ivanonovic unmarked in the box to stick home a header from a corner and Daler Kuzyaev scoring from distance with a shot that should have been easily saved by goalkeeper Dorus De Vries.
The tie was put beyond doubt when Aleksandr Kokorin capitalised on slack defending from Mikael Lustig to tap home from a cross to the back post.
Given the manner of defeat, Celtic fans were left fuming with the performance of Brendan Rodgers’ side and had particular criticism for De Vries, who failed to make the routine stop for Zenit’s second of the night.
Fans are now calling on new signing Scott Bain to get a chance against Aberdeen on Sunday, with a huge three points up for grabs at Pittodrie.
Can the loan signing prove he is the man to trust between the sticks while Craig Gordon is out?
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
Put de vries in the bin. Scott Bain to start asap cheers
— Shaun McDermott (@Shaunmcd21) February 22, 2018
Surely Bain has to start on Sunday after that performance from De Vries….his kick outs on Sunday were keek aswell!
— Dom McBride (@mcbride_dom) February 22, 2018
De Vries was always going to get a run but I think Bain is better.
— Marty*🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@Martybhoy_HH) February 22, 2018
Scott Bain must start in goals for Celtic on Sunday against Aberdeen and for the rest of the season.
Tonight should be De Vries' last game.
For all the Craig Gordon knockers, we needed him tonight
— The Big Cup (@lisboninthesun) February 22, 2018
Lets put it into perspective, we should have had the tie finished at Paradise but Zenit have spent nearly £100m and Brendan has spent about £5m. Bain should start against Aberdeen, de Vries is terrible #Celticfc #ZENCEL
— Steven Patrick McNamara 🍀 (@McNamara11Boyle) February 22, 2018
Scott Bain should be in the team on Sunday, and for the rest of the season. That way we can see if he is worth keeping on for next season. De Vries is just not good enough and Gordon isn't going to last forever.
— Pedro87🍀🍀🍀 (@PedroTheTim) February 22, 2018
I’d give Bain a chance on Sunday, deserves at least that De Vries is shocking
— Collette (@colletteb89) February 22, 2018
De vries is more ae a liability than gordon in goals, about time bain got a chance
— Aarøn (@AaronMcEwan19) February 22, 2018
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