Will Celtic keeper Scott Bain retain his spot?

By Connor Gordon

October 17, 2019

Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain has gone practically radio silent since his injury.

His thumb injury brought in Fraser Forster on loan in the summer window.

He wasn’t expected to be out for too long but there has been brief glimpses of him training. It’s not been revealed how far into his recovery the former Dundee man is.

However, when he does come back, does he walk straight into the Hoops first team?

Scott Bain position at Celtic under threat on his return?

When Bain was brought in, it was the kind of signing most fans probably shrugged at.

Scott Bain celebrating a Celtic victory over Aberdeen. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Craig Gordon was clear number one but it was obvious that the Hoops needed someone to push him. Gordon’s injury problems allowed Bain to step in and he didn’t relinquish his place since.

But there seems to be a bit of role reversal as it is now Bain losing his position to a new keeper in Forster. The big man hasn’t really put a foot wrong since coming in on loan from Southampton in August. He knows the club having become a hero before leaving for St Mary’s.

There is no denying Bain’s abilities however, and fans must remember Forster is only here on a season long loan.

Fraser Forster is currently first choice with Celtic. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

It’ll ultimately be down to keeper coach Stevie Woods and Neil Lennon on who is best between the sticks. Will Lennon trust his own man on his return or will he keep the loanee as first choice?

What is the future for Craig Gordon?

Predictably, it will be Bain and Forster battling it out when that time comes. So where does this leave the veteran international keeper, Gordon?

He will arguably never be first choice at Celtic again and he is getting on a bit.

Will Craig Gordon hook up with his old team Hearts following Celtic departure? (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Will a move back to Hearts be on the cards as he links up with his old team and manager? It would be a fantastic move for the Jambos to bring in someone of Gordon’s experience.

He seems to have a wise head on his shoulders, so perhaps a potential route into coaching could be found.

This could be at Hearts or Celtic as he has a fantastic relationship with Woods. Nevertheless, fans will fondly remember Gordon and his service to the club.