Dundee star Randy Wolters admits he endured the “scariest” moment of his life during the midweek Betfred Cup defeat against Celtic
The incident happened during the second half when the Dutch winger took a blow to his throat and couldn’t breathe. Physio Gerry Docherty worked the magic sponge with some tricks of the trade to get Wolters right and back up and playing.
“It was one of the most scary things I’ve ever experienced,” said Wolters.
“It was my Adam’s Apple and it felt like it was cramp, I couldn’t breathe any more, I couldn’t talk, and I was just panicking.
“However the physio Gerry came and he relaxed me.
“After two or three minutes it was OK but it was the longest three minutes of my life, it was very scary.
“The physio kept my head still and did some things with my jaw so I could relax because I was panicking but I was happy it was over.”
Thankfully, the Dens wide man has fully recovered from the experience and has turned his sights to today’s clash against Kilmarnock.
And the 27-year-old says it’s not results against the likes of Celtic that will define Dundee’s season but games against teams such as today’s opponents Kilmarnock.
The Dark Blues head to Rugby Park on the back of a 4-0 drubbing by the Hoops.
Wolters, though, accepts Brendan Rodgers’ men are streets ahead of the rest of Scottish football and it’ll be winning games against teams like Killie that’ll determine whether Dundee are successful this campaign.
He said: “Kilmarnock are down at the bottom and we need to win some games to look up, so it’s a big game for us. We need to bring the best we have and win the game.
“It was the same against St Johnstone, they have more points, but against Celtic, Rangers and maybe Aberdeen — although we showed against them we’re close to them — it’s difficult.
“I think today is a game that, if you want to look up the table, you have to win, so we go to win, not to draw.”
Despite being distinctly second-best at Dens during the week, Wolters insists there are things to be positive about in the performance.
Individually, he gave a good showing in the first 45 minutes against Celtic star Kieran Tierney.
“In the first half I think I did well in my one-v-one against Kieran Tierney.
“Of course, he was in the team that was dominating, so he had more things to show against me but I think I did well against him.
“Celtic are a good side, we all know that. I think the first half we did well.
“And whether it was a penalty or not, I don’t know but until then we did quite well.
“I had a good cross to Fais (El Bakhtaoui) and there was a good possibility with AJ (Leitch-Smith) who went through but against a team like that you need a bit of luck.
“If we score, maybe we can do something but you saw in the second half they are so easy on the ball, so smart with fouls and all kinds of things.
“Against teams like Celtic, every chance you get you have to score, it was too bad but Saturday is a big game again.”
After admitting to a bit of homesickness, Wolters says he’s starting to get settled in his personal life — something he’s confident people will start to see on the pitch.
“It’s the first time for me abroad. I had some hard days when my missus was away but I’m with the boys most of the time when she’s not here.
“I’m just getting settled, I think you can see that on the pitch, I’m feeling more comfortable, I’m getting there, I’m more the Randy that I was in Holland. I just need to get the minutes and the fitness but I’m getting there.”