Scott Bain didn’t have his best game for Celtic against Rangers on Sunday. He misjudged James Tavernier’s free-kick which led to Rangers opening the scoring in their 2-0 win.
However, he should not be too downhearted by his performance. Bain has gone from being a bit-part player at Dundee to becoming Celtic’s first-choice goalkeeper in over a year.
Deserves a lot of credit
That is a career trajectory that no one would have seen coming. For that, Bain deserves a lot of credit, as his performances have merited him keeping his place as the Hoops goalkeeper.
Just look at the statistics. He has kept 22 clean sheets in 29 games this season. In those games, he has conceded only nine goals, a remarkable record.
Not let anyone down
A lot for credit for that has to go to the Hoops defence. However, when called upon Bain has for the most part not let anyone down.
The error against Rangers is his first real mistake since becoming Celtic’s number one goalkeeper. All goalkeepers have a mistake in them, so Bain shouldn’t be judged too harshly.
He has time to make up for his error. The Hoops face Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final in two weeks’ time. Bain will be looking to that game to prove that the mistake was just a one-off.
Neil Lennon will keep faith in the player, as will the supporters. Therefore, Bain must treat this mistake as a rare aberration.