Neil Lennon has confirmed that Scott Bain will remain Celtic’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Bain was dropped for the first time this season as Gordon took his place in between the sticks tonight against Nomme Kalju. The 2-0 success in Estonia was a positive experience for the back-up ‘keeper, as he notched his first clean sheet of the campaign.
The match was used as a chance for Lennon to give his fringe players an opportunity to impress. Gordon was one of them, and he didn’t have much to do throughout the contest. In truth, he had just one save to make in a relaxed evening in Tallinn.
But speaking before the contest to BBC Sportsound (18:54), Lennon cleared up where both goalkeepers stand.
“At the minute it’s Scott’s (jersey) because he’s done nothing wrong in the time I’ve been here. This is an opportunity for Craig Gordon, he’s an excellent goalkeeper.”
First-choice goalkeeper won’t change after tonight
It’s fair to say that the decision over who will be our number one won’t change after tonight. Gordon put in a decent shift, but he was barely worked throughout the contest. All we learned tonight is that we have two reliable goalkeepers in the ranks, if some didn’t know that already.
It will now be interesting to see what the solid display from Gordon will do for his future chances. Brendan Rodgers used Scott Bain during the first half of last season as his “cup goalkeeper”. It’s worth keeping an eye on whether Gordon’s next appearance comes against Dunfermline Athletic in the Betfred Cup.
But it will be Bain back in the nets for Saturday, that much has pretty much been confirmed by the Celtic manager. The battle for the number one jersey continues to be an intriguing one, but tonight won’t prove to be anything detrimental for Bain.
If you were being overly-critical of Gordon tonight, there were one or two occasions when he failed to come out and claim possession when he should’ve done. But that’s just being harsh, as he continued to prove he can do a job when called upon.
We’re incredibly fortunate to have the level of goalkeepers that we do. Gordon and Bain arguably make up the strongest area of our team, but keeping both happy this season could be a challenge.
Gordon, in particular, may not want to spend the twilight of his career as a number two. But, for now at least, we can be thankful we have two top goalkeepers at our disposal.