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CRAIG GORDON became only the third Celtic keeper in history to concede five goals in a European game after Paris Saint-Germain’s runaway success on Tuesday night.

Coincidentally, the previous two custodians to concede that amount were also international No.1s – Pat Bonner and David Marshall.

And it was England shotstopper Fraser Forster who has the dubious distinction of shipping six, but Dutchman Dorus De Vries takes the all-time lowlight after picking the ball out of the net seven times against Barcelona last season.

Five have conceded four – one managing the feat twice.

Here is the list of the Hoops’ butter-fingered brigade.

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DORUS DE VRIES had only played four-and-a-half hours for Brendan Rodgers before entering the record books. The Dutchman had faced Aberdeen and Rangers before being devastated as Lionel Messi claimed a hat-trick, Luis Suarez hit two and Neymar and Andres Iniesta completed a 7-0 massacre a year ago.

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FRASER FOSTER was beaten six times by Barcelona in another landslide loss in the Nou Camp in December 2013 when Neymar scored his first European goal. The Brazilian enjoyed the experience so much he added another two. The goalie was sold to Southampton in August the following year for £10million.

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PAT BONNER, the Republic of Ireland icon, conceded five as Neuchatel Xamax proved to be unstoppable against Liam Brady’s side in a UEFA Cup-tie in October 1991. Brian O’Neill got a consolation effort.

DAVID MARSHALL was on the receiving end against Artmedia Bratsilava in the Champions League qualifier in July 2005 – Gordon Strachan’s first competitive game ended in a disastrous 5-0 loss.

CRAIG GORDON completed an unhappy hat-trick when five goals were thrashed beyond him as the most expensive team in the world ran amok at Parkhead. The Hoops were trailing 3-0 at the interval with PSG adding two late efforts to inflict Celtic’s biggest home defeat in Europe.

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JOHN FALLON won’t want to be reminded, but he allowed four to zip behind him on two occasions. He played in the Hoops’ debut in Europe is season 1962/63 when they went down 4-2 in Valencia.

And he was between the sticks again the following season when MTK Budapest stuffed four behind him as they came back from 3-0 down to win and knock Celtic out of the 1964/65 Cup-Winners’ Cup semi-final.

PAT BONNER also allowed four to elude him – in a game Celtic won! Billy McNeill’s men – with Polish striker Jacki Dziekanowski netting four – fired five into the Partizan Belgrade net in a Cup-Winners’ Cup-tie in September 1989. The visitors claimed a late counter and went through on the goals away rule after a 6-6 aggregate draw.

LUKASZ ZALUSKA failed to impress new boss Neil Lennon when Dutch side Utrecht walloped four into the net as the Parkhead side collapsed in Holland in the 2010/11 Europa League play-off.

FRASER FORSTER’S last game for the club was the second leg of their Champions League qualifier against Legia Warsaw. He conceded two that night at Murrayfield after losing four in the first leg in the Polish capital in July 2014.

CRAIG GORDON suffered the same fate as his predecessor when he lost an identical amount when Dinamo Zagreb won 4-3 in a Europa League encounter in December later that year.

FC Zurich also took four off the Hoops when they beat them 4-2 in a 1998/99 UEFA Cup confrontation in Switzerland. However, Jonathan Gould only conceded three before he was injured in the 64th minute, being replaced by Stewart Kerr.

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