Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain has expressed his pride at his defence’s quality of distribution.

It was a day to forget at Easter Road overall. The Hoops were held to a 0-0 draw at Hibs in one of Celtic’s most frustrating outings of the campaign.

It may have delayed the title party, but Bain has stated his pleasure at how clean Celtic were in their passing from the back. The goalkeeper believes that it led to many of his side’s best moments of the day in Leith.

Kristoffer Ajer has always been impressive with the ball at his feet(Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Speaking to Celtic TV post-match, Bain was clearly full of pride at how efficient the defence was in possession.

“I think the boys showed that we’re happy to take the ball under pressure. It allowed us to get a number of chances in the game as well by sucking them up the pitch.

“It’s something we’re obviously very proud of. We keep working hard at it. It was another opportunity to show that.

“I thought we were going to get another late goal and go away happy with three points. But it wasn’t to be and we go again next week.”

 

A notable positive from today’s game

Bain is quite right to point this out. In recent trips to Easter Road in particular, we’ve lost plenty of goals and chances due to poor distribution from the back.

Today, however, all of the back four, as well as Bain, were tidy on the ball. Florian Kamberi, Daryl Horgan, and Stephane Omeonga didn’t get a sniff in the final third for long spells. That was simply down to how positive Celtic were from the back, as they moved it well and without any big mistakes.

Jozo Simunovic is back in the side and looking sharp (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Perhaps much of this was down to how negative Hibs were in their approach. The longer time went on without Hibs having the ball, the less they pressed Celtic. But Bain and his defence should take credit for this, as the entire back four did well in their defensive duties.

It doesn’t deflect from a poor overall performance from the team. With so much riding on this afternoon’s clash at Easter Road, it’s difficult to take the emotion out of the game. But this was one of the few positives.

It was also another good performance for the increasingly impressive duo of Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic. This seems like a partnership that could blossom for some time to come. They were dominant and composed on the ball, but it’s just a shame the forward players couldn’t do their bit.

 

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