New Scott Bain contract could mean end of the road for Craig Gordon

By Hamish Carton

October 31, 2019

Scott Bain has signed a new four-year contract at Celtic – in a move that could signal the end of the road for Craig Gordon.

The club announced their second contract extension in as many days on Thursday morning. Much like James Forrest on Wednesday, Bain has renewed his deal at the club and will be under contract until the summer of 2023.

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The goalkeeper joined the club – initially on loan from Dundee – in 2018 before securing a permanent move months later. He featured 31 times for the club last season and retained the jersey into this campaign before picking up a hand injury in the Champions League defeat to Cluj.

He was replaced in the first-team by Gordon before the club re-signed Fraser Forster on loan.

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Bain news likely to spell the end for Gordon

Bain’s new deal shows that Neil Lennon still has faith in him to have a career at Celtic. The 27-year-old is a capable enough goalkeeper who would make a very able deputy to a first-choice shot stopper.

That man is unlikely to be Gordon though – who must now be plotting his Celtic departure. The veteran is out of contract this summer and unlikely to be in Neil Lennon’s plans beyond that point.

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The 36-year-old has played 241 games for club since joining in 2014 but is now playing second fiddle to Forster. And judging by Lennon’s latest move, Gordon could slip further down the ladder when Bain returns to action.

At the age of 36 you wonder if Gordon will fancy finding a new club or whether he’ll call it a day on a career that has spanned the best part of two decades. Whatever the case, his time at Celtic looks like it doesn’t have long to run.