Craig Gordon was first to console me after 7-0 thumping says Dorus de Vries

DORUS DE VRIES knows the man he replaced as Celtic No1 took no pleasure from seeing him shipping seven goals in a Nou Camp humiliation.

That’s because Craig Gordon was among the first to console him after the Euro debut game from hell.

Dorus de Vries had to pick the ball out of the net seven times at Camp Nou
Dorus de Vries had to pick the ball out of the net seven times at Camp Nou
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Gordon lost his place to his fellow veteran only two and a half weeks ago.

Just when he thought he was about to finally fulfil his dream of playing in the Champions League after heartbreaking play-off defeats.

Not even being part of the team that got the Hoops through to the group stages after knocking out Hapoel Be’er Sheva could save Gordon from the chop by the ruthless Brendan Rodgers.

He instead was forced to watch a horrific slaughter from the visitors’ bench last night — seeing successor de Vries go into the Celts history books as the man in goal the night they suffered their heaviest ever Euro loss.

But there was no smugness, just genuine sympathy for his glove rival.

Messi Neymar Suarez
Blond pals Lionel Messi and Neymar put Celtic to the sword on Tuesday
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De Vries revealed: “Craig was one of the first to speak to me. He knows exactly how I was feeling and what it’s like.

“He wouldn’t have enjoyed seeing those goals flying in. I know what I would be like if it was me watching. I’d be thinking, ‘jeez, what can he do? I feel sorry for him’.”

The ex-Nottingham Forest, Swansea City and Dunfermline star still look bewildered as he stopped in the mixed zone to pick through the wreckage of an absolute drubbing from one of the greatest attacking forces there’s ever been.

Hat-trick superstar Lionel Messi and his lethal buddies Neymar and Luis Suarez utterly destroyed Celtic with mesmerising play and finishing.

And while it might seem like the last thing a keeper would want to do after conceding so many goals, de Vries insisted he WILL review all seven of them and take his share of the blame if necessary.

Neymar’s 49th minute free-kick for 3-0 certainly left the Dutchman looking none too clever. And the 35-year-old said: “I am very self-critical and I will have to review my performance.

Craig Gordon was the man to console fellow Bhoys keeper De Vries
Craig Gordon was the man to console fellow Bhoys keeper De Vries

“I will look at all of the goals and see what I could have done myself and if I could have done better.

“That’s the only way you will get better. As a team we have to do better. We shouldn’t be losing seven goals.

“We’ll look at it and see what we can take from the game.”

De Vries paid tribute to the best strike trio he’ll ever face — but is convinced filleted Celtic will still be better for this experience.

He said: “Those guys can be a nightmare when they are on top of their game like they showed tonight.

“It was a very, very difficult night. Really disapointing.

“You can’t look at the scoreboard.

“As a goalkeeper you just have to keep doing your best to help the game.

“You need to try to consolidate but they are such an attacking force. They kept chucking everything at us and we just couldn’t find the answers.

“It’s so difficult. We were up against the best side of the last ten years.

“They are quick and powerful. They are razor sharp and brave on the ball.

“Once they hit you with that tiki-taki football it’s difficult to come up with any answer to it. This team have been together for a very long time and you can see how strong they are.

“We have simply got to learn from it. People know what this Barcelona team can do. I’ve already had a lot of texts from people back home saying Barca were just unbelievable.

“They scored a lot of goals and put together some unbelievable attacks.

Neymar scored one goal and assisted four
Neymar scored one goal and assisted four

“It doesn’t get much easier with Manchester City up next in our group.

“But this is where we want to be and we need to show we can learn from these moments of adversity.

“There is so much you can learn from these games and we need to take it all on board.

“No matter how painful this is, it can teach you so much and it is experience for a lot of guys out there who can use that to build their careers.

“Can we be better? Of course. We have to be better.

“We can’t accept this, we won’t lie down or our backs and accept it.”

Meanwhile, Costa Rican right-back Cristian Gamboa — who cost £1 million from West Brom — was left shell-shocked by his Hoops debut.

It was also his first club match for seven months.

Gamboa said: “It was a difficult game in which to make my debut, especially after we concede after a couple of minutes.

“Soon, it was all over. We can do nothing about it now other than look at all the mistakes we made and try to get back on track. We want to do that as fast as we can.

“I tried to play well here but sometimes it is difficult. That is football.”

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