Celtic boss Neil Lennon will have some interesting team selection issues for the upcoming Scottish Cup tie against Partick Thistle on Saturday.

One such issue will be who to select in goals. The Hoops boss has favoured Fraser Forster since he returned to the club from Southampton.

It will be intriguing to see if this changes for the Scottish Cup. It should be remembered that former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers liked to rotate his goalkeepers for domestic cup games.

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Player was a cup regular before making breakthrough

Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain

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

Scott Bain played in the 2018-19 Betfred Cup campaign before he became a regular in the first-team. Therefore, Neil Lennon could do the same thing, and play either Scott Bain or Craig Gordon in the Scottish Cup.

If you were to choose a goalkeeper, it would be Bain. After all, he has signed a long-term contract with Celtic.


Of the three goalkeepers currently vying for number one spot at the club, Bain is the only one guaranteed to be at the club next season.

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However, it would probably be for the best if Lennon does not adopt Rodgers’ goalkeeping policy when it comes to the Scottish Cup.

Best goalkeeper at the club must start fixtures

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The reason for that – Forster is the best goalkeeper that is currently at Celtic. The Scottish Cup might not be as important in the grand scheme of things as the league is to Celtic.

However, Neil Lennon will want to keep hold of the trophy that the Hoops have won for the last three seasons in a row. That means playing a strong side against Partick Thistle, and in the rounds going forward.

Therefore, Forster should get the nod to start for the Hoops between now and the rest of the season. Scott Bain’s time at Celtic will likely come again. But that will be in the future, as this season there is a fourth consecutive treble to be won.

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