Celtic are preparing to host RB Leipzig this evening knowing that a defeat would all but end their hopes of progressing into the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Players such as Ryan Christie have hauled themselves in from the cold in recent weeks, but the Daily Record spotted that one Bhoys player was absent from training ahead of the crunch clash.
Dorus de Vries was reportedly nowhere to be seen among the goalkeepers being put through their paces in preparation to face the German’s formidable attack.
There have been no reports of an injury – yet – and even if there is another, less juicy explanation than a snub from Brendan Rodgers, de Vries must surely be considering his future at Parkhead.
With youngsters Scott Bain and Conor Hazard offering younger, more realistic competition to first-choice Craig Gordon, de Vries must explore the possibility of a move in January unless he wants to finish off his career collecting his wages for sitting on the bench.
Rodgers has worked alongside the stopper before – at Swansea – but that counts for little in the face of younger, hungrier options presenting themselves to the northern Irishman.
De Vries’ contract is up in the summer, which means that he is free to speak to clubs from January. To squeeze any more from his career, he must examine his options elsewhere.