Celtic manager Neil Lennon has cleared up just what’s wrong with Scott Bain’s hand injury.
The Hoops shot-stopper injured himself against Cluj, and gestured over to the bench immediately after the Romanians’ third goal at Parkhead.
Since then, there’s been a lack of clarity over exactly what’s wrong with the former Dundee number one. A broken hand. A fractured wrist. Broken finger. We’ve just about heard it all.
And, finally, Lennon has cleared up just what’s wrong with him and when we can expect him back. Speaking to the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 07, Page 06), Lenny provided fans with the correct info:
“Scott should be back next week. It’s a fractured finger, so we’ll monitor it and see how he is.”
Bain’s hand injury may cost him the number one spot
So we have a timeframe for when to truly expect Bain back. Next week with a view to returning against AIK in Stockholm will probably in his sights.
However, there’s a real chance that his injury could cost him the number one spot at Parkhead. Bain has been struggling for form in recent times. He lost several poor goals in the tie against Cluj, and lost a shocker against Motherwell at Fir Park too.
If ever there was a goalkeeper suffering with a bit of a confidence-crisis, it would appear to be Bain. Therefore, his spot must surely be up for grabs.
Craig Gordon struggled to keep a clean sheet against Dunfermline on Saturday. In fairness to the former Hearts man, however, he was horribly exposed by a once-again static Celtic defence.
A top performance against AIK tomorrow and you just never know. Why shouldn’t Gordon stay in for the visit of former club Hearts and the AIK return leg if he impresses?
Bain may look at the injury as a positive in disguise, however. Given his poor form of late, it could help him get things right mentally before returning and aiming to get back to the performance-levels of last season.
At the very least, Lennon has provided us all with an accurate timeframe and description of the injury received. Hopefully, Bain recovers ASAP and can pick his game back up again.