One interesting aspect of Celtic’s Europa League squad is that some new signings made the list, and some didn’t. For example, the trio of Luca Connell, Jeremie Frimpong and Lee O’Connor were left out of the squad.
One new signing that was included though, is the returning Fraser Forster, and that could be telling. Forster was ineligible to take part in the Europa League play-off against AIK. Craig Gordon played in goals in that game.
New arrival played in vital game
However, since Forster has returned, he has played in two league games, including the recent win over Rangers. With Forster’s inclusion in the squad list, it looks like Neil Lennon has decided on his number one goalkeeper for all competitions.
Former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers didn’t adopt that policy. For example, he often played Scott Bain in cup competitions when Craig Gordon was number one.
But that doesn’t seem to be Neil Lennon’s style. It looks like he will stick with the same goalkeeper for the foreseeable future.
No surprise that manager has faith in player
It is not really a surprise that Lennon has so much faith in Forster. The Celtic manager signed Forster during his first spell at Celtic manager.
It will be interesting to see what Craig Gordon and Scott Bain will think about no longer being first choice goalkeeper at Celtic.
Gordon admitted to the Scottish Sun recently that he wouldn’t be happy if he was not selected for the recent Glasgow derby.
He wasn’t picked for the game, and it looks like unless something changes dramatically, he or Scott Bain are going to be on the bench for Celtic most weeks.
It would not be surprise to see Gordon leave Celtic at the end of the season or even earlier, as his contract expires at the end of the season.
That is not the case with Bain. Will he be satisfied to be the number two goalkeeper once he returns from his thumb injury? Only time will tell. For now though, the number one goalkeeper looks to be Forster.