Celtic goalkeeping situation looks healthy for next season

By David Walton

March 20, 2019

Celtic’s goalkeeping situation is starting to look like the healthiest part of the squad.

Ahead of a summer of what is sure to be upheaval, one area that won’t need sorted is in between the sticks.

Celtic don’t even have a new manager in place for next season yet. But surely, despite that, there’ll be no changes to the goalkeeping front.

Scott Bain has solidified himself as the new Celtic number one since the winter break. He’s bagged a quite remarkable 11 clean sheets in 15 fixtures.

Scott Bain has made some stunning stops this season (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Within that run, the Celtic ‘keeper has shown he’s a reliable shot-stopper too. He had to deny Scott Wright when through on goal on Sunday in his latest stop. The remarkable five-save incident against Airdrieonians was another standout.

Any doubts about whether Bain could step up and perform in Europe were also squashed. He put in a terrific performance at the Mestalla, making several key stops against Valencia before half-time. It kept Celtic in the tie, as he proved he can step up on the big occasion.

It now also looks as though he could be the new Scotland number one. Allan McGregor’s Scotland retirement has opened up a door for him, and it remains to be seen whether he’ll play on Thursday afternoon against Kazakhstan.

Gordon a reliable deputy for next season

Meanwhile, our number two goalkeeper, Craig Gordon, is another fantastic shot-stopper. He’s proven during his four-and-a-half years at Celtic so far that he’s reliable as back-up.

He has Champions League and international experience under his belt. Earlier on this season, it was he who was battling McGregor for the Scotland jersey. Gordon has two Scotland caps to his name this season alone, and 54 caps in total.

Craig Gordon is a fine back-up goalkeeper to have (Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Considering Gordon is also contracted to the club until the summer of 2020, he’s going nowhere at the end of the season unless Celtic want him to.

So both of our first-team goalkeepers are of a high quality. Replacing either provides a high risk of downgrading in quality.

Dorus de Vries is out of contract in the summer, and will likely be released. But as third choice, Celtic have youngsters such as Conor Hazard and Ryan Mullen available to step into that role. Both could do with some first-team experience also.

Dorus de Vries is out of contract in the summer (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The defence could need a mssive rebuild as the likes of Dedryck Boyata and Filip Benkovic look set to depart. In he forward areas, Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah will go back to their parent clubs.

But, whoever is the manager next season, they don’t have to worry about the goalkeeping position. Bain and Gordon have got it covered ahead of the quest for a potential nine-in-a-row.