There were some real positives to come out of yesterday’s win over Airdrie, but a standout was the performance of Scott Bain.
The Celtic back-up goalkeeper has a terrific record as the Hoops’ number two. In his seven appearances so far this season, he’s kept six clean sheets. He’s only conceded one goal this season in total.
The former Dundee goalkeeper has been going about his work quietly at Parkhead. Supporters, however, are now seriously starting to realise his talent in between the sticks.
In the past, we’ve said how Bain is the kind of back-up goalkeeper you would want at Celtic for years. But he could get a chance to be more than just that soon.
Brendan Rodgers must’ve been impressed by Bain’s performance yesterday and indeed his displays overall this term.
His distribution was top notch, and he showed terrific composure on several occasions to skin a few Airdrie players. Despite barely being troubled, Bain showed remarkable composure and class on the ball when required.
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But that’s not to say he wasn’t worked at all. When he was, he made a quite simply world-class save. He had to throw out a strong hand to deny the visitors from point-blank save. That led to a scramble in the six-yard box that saw Bain make a remarkable five saves.
It was a statement performance, and Bain also has a portfolio of previous outings that support a claim for a run in the team.
Meanwhile, Craig Gordon is struggling to convince many supporters. His distribution is consistently poor, but he has a strong claim to stay in the team through his shot-stopping.
His display at Ibrox before the winter break could be the deciding factor here. Rodgers may feel as though Gordon hasn’t done much wrong recently, and the Celtic manager also certainly owes him for avoiding a hammering on December 29th.
The team on Wednesday night at Parkhead will be an interesting one. Will Rodgers give Bain a deserved run in the team? Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments below.