"All-round good guy"; Celtic summer signing receives lofty praise from Scott Bain

By Euan Davidson

January 27, 2022

If you were Scott Bain, something of a regular for Celtic last season, you’d have every right to see the arrival of Joe Hart as something of an annoyance.

Instead, Bain has accepted his arrival in the summer as a challenge, and is learning off the 34-year-old with 75 England caps.

Hart has made the goalkeeping position his own. Bain, very much the number 2, has still featured at times this season, though. He was between the sticks when Real Betis visited in December, as well as the recent goalless draw with St Mirren.

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The three-cap Scotsman could well have looked for other opportunities. But he’s happy with his place in the squad, as well as mining influence from Joe Hart.

Bain told Celtic’s in-house media [Celtic FC]: “Joe’s been, obviously, an excellent addition to the team. A lot of wealth of experience we can take from him, an all-round good guy that wants to help and wants the club to succeed. He’s been phenomenal for the squad.

“He’s definitely still got hunger for the game, you can see that.

“He wants to help the squad and be a part of something that’s building here. The fans can see it, all the players can see it. Coming from somewhere as big as he has, he’s a very humble guy.

“And it’s good to see he’s still got that hunger and desire to want to achieve something and win games.”

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Scott Bain lauds Joe Hart for Celtic influence; shows an extremely mature attitude

Being a goalkeeper has to be uniquely stressful. You’re either number 1, or your chances of seeing game time on a weekly basis is essentially remote.

Given his age, experience and the fact he’s been shuttled in and out of the squad since arriving, Bain would’ve been forgiven for looking elsewhere either in the summer or this month. Instead, he’s committed to the club long-term, and it appears Joe Hart has had a hand in that.

Hart, of course, knows the glories of being an international number 1 and a club legend. But he also knows what it’s like to be third or even fourth choice. So, the humility is there, and so is the respect between him and the Celtic squad’s other goalkeepers.

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For fans, it’s certainly a better situation now than last season. Joe Hart has utterly cemented himself as a must-pick for Ange Postecoglou. His leadership, reactions and ability to fire up the Hoops crowd have all been valuable assets since he arrived.

So it’s good, too, to hear about his positive off-field traits.

Especially from a colleague like Scott Bain, who seems to be loving learning from the former England no.1.

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