If there was any doubt as to who Celtic’s number one goalkeeper is, Scott Bain put an end to any debate following an outstanding performance against Valencia.
The Hoops might have gone down 1-0 on the night, but they turned in a battling display. And top of the list of performers was Bain.
Some of his saves were sensational. Especially one from a Daniel Parejo shot which took a wicked deflection off Ryan Christie.
He also pulled off a fine save from a Santi Mini shot, and did well to keep the score down as the 10 men Hoops tired in the second-half.
In what was only his second European fixture for the Hoops, Bain played like a man used to the occasion. He didn’t display any nerves, and he must surely take confidence from his performance going forward.
Huge decision has paid off
Brendan Rodgers made a colossal decision in January, when he replaced Craig Gordon with Bain as the Hoops goalkeeper.
Thursday night’s display shows that Rodgers has got that decision 100% correct. Bain has to be the Celtic goalkeeper for the rest of the season.
He hasn’t conceded a goal domestically since becoming the permanent number one, which is a testament to his abilities.
Bain’s signing could well to be one more astute moves of the entire Rodgers era. He has already more than proved his worth as a goalkeeper.