Scott Bain and Craig Gordon have been rivaling each other for the gloves over the last 12 months, with the latter seemingly coming out on top.
But Brendan Rodgers has now come out and stated that Bain is finally going to get what he deserves – a run in the team.
The former Dundee goalkeeper took to the sticks once again last night. He kept yet another clean sheet during the 4-0 rout of St Mirren to follow up his one against Airdrie too. That’s now seven shutouts in-a-row for the increasingly impressive Bain.
And this form hasn’t gone unnoticed either. Speaking in his post-match presser, Rodgers confirmed it’s Bain’s time, and opened up on giving him a prolonged run in the team.
“I’ve got two very good goalkeepers and I’m giving Scott a little run in the team because I know what Craig can do.
“Scott comes in and plays one or two games so I want to give him a little run and he also really helps the speed of our game because he gets it out quickly.
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“I’ve got very good goalkeepers and whichever one I play will always contribute well.”
Interesting choice of words from Rodgers
Rodgers is always keen to protect each and every one of his players, and he’s done so again here. Despite not actually coming out and saying it, you have to imagine Gordon has been dropped due to poor form.
Bain’s confidence and clean-sheet record at Parkhead is seriously impressive. His five-shot save vs Airdrie was also one of the highlights of his short Celtic career so far.
The fact he’s now made eight appearances as a goalkeeper shows the faith Rodgers has in the former Dundee and Hibs man. But Gordon will be hoping Bain doesn’t impress too much in between the sticks.
Gordon himself has been a fantastic signing for Celtic. His distribution has always needed work. But over his 236 appearances at Parkhead he’s made some heroic saved at key moments.
Rodgers, however, may not be telling the full truth about why he’s been dropped. He says it because he knows what Craig can do, but not necessarily Bain. But Bain has so far made 15 appearances for Celtic. He’s played in Glasgow derbies and cup finals. By now, we also know what our number two brings to the table.
It looks as though Gordon is simply paying for some poor form. Bain, however, is more than good enough to seize his chance.