Chris Sutton has made a bold prediction when it comes to Celtic’s goalkeeping situation. Whilst appearing on BT Sport’s Scottish Football Extra on Friday, Sutton tipped Scott Bain to be Celtic’s starting over Vasilis Barkas for at least the next few games.
Bain has started for Celtic in the last two games. Even though Barkas is now fit again after a recent injury and was on the bench against Lille, Sutton feels that Bain will get the nod from the Hoops boss.
“This is pretty simple”
“This is pretty simple with the call – if Barkas was fit enough for the bench, he was fit enough to play, Neil Lennon has opted for Bain, Bain will stay in goals for the next couple of games but I don’t think anybody is convinced with either Celtic goalkeeper” Sutton said, whilst appearing on BT Sport’s Scottish Football Extra (30/10/20, 18:42).
Sutton seems adamant that Bain will get the nod from the Hoops boss to continue in goals. That could be based on the fact that Bain performed well in Lille despite conceding two goals. He did save a penalty and pull off some good saves.
However, Barkas was signed for quite a lot of money by the Hoops in the summer transfer window. It could be seen as an admission of failure if he is gone from the first-team after only three months in the starting line-up.
Done well for Hoops in big games
As for Sutton’s comments about nobody being convinced by Celtic’s goalkeepers at the moment, that is a tad harsh. After all, Bain has won plenty of trophies with the Hoops in his time with the club. He has done well when called upon in the big games.
What Celtic’s current goalkeepers seem to be suffering from is the fact that they are not Fraser Forster. The former Hoops number one was a huge player for Celtic. His legacy was always going to be difficult to live up to.
Still, only time will tell if Sutton gets his goalkeeping prediction right. We shall find out at Hampden on Sunday afternoon.