Mark Wilson, Murdo MacLeod and Simon Donnelly identify what makes a good Celtic goalkeeper

By John Reid

November 4, 2020

One of the main talking points at Celtic recently has been the goalkeeping situation. Neil Lennon has juggled between using Vasilis Barkas and Scott Bain as his number one, with Bain getting the nod at the moment.

The situation has been discussed by former Celtic title winner Mark Wilson, on his recently launched podcast The Celtic Huddle.

Wilson, along with fellow Hoops title winners Murdo MacLeod and Simon Donnelly, identified what makes a good Celtic goalkeeper in their most recent episode.

“Confident, loud goalkeeper’

“You need a confident loud goalkeeper behind you, you need a goalkeeper all the time that’s going to shout to the defenders and keep them moving all the time…if your goalkeeper’s not talking to you, you don’t know what’s going on” was the verdict of the trio on Episode 3 of the Celtic Huddle podcast.

That is certainly an interesting insight from three players that have been very successful at Celtic. They will know just what it takes to be a good goalkeeper at Celtic.

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Interestingly, you don’t really associate either Scott Bain or Vasilis Barkas as types that will shout at their team-mates. On the other hand, Fraser Forster did seem to get stuck into his defenders at times, and far more importantly, he has plenty of confidence in his ability that spread to the defenders.

Current number one will be used to pressure

Forster has of course departed from Celtic, and at the moment Scott Bain has the task of replacing Forster. That is a big step-up for a player who was arguably third choice last season. However, he has been Celtic’s number one before, so he will be used to the pressure.

Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Regarding the confidence point, Bain should take plenty of confidence from his last two Celtic displays. The penalty save in Lille, and the clean sheet versus Aberdeen.

That clean sheet gives Bain a platform to build on going forward. Hopefully that can give him the confidence to be assertive as the former Hoops trio want a goalkeeper to be.

In other news, Ross Doohan will be watching the Celtic goalkeeping situation closely.