- Premier League
- EFL Championship
- Other Top Leagues
Celtic are contemplating making on-loan goalkeeper Scott Bain’s stay at Parkhead permanent, according to a report from the Daily Record.
The 26-year-old shot-stopper joined Celtic in the January transfer window earlier this year from Dundee FC and his outstanding performers has impressed all, prompting Brendan Rodgers to consider signing him on a permanent deal at the end of the season.
Injuries to first-choice goalkeeper Craig Gordon and second-choice Dorus de Vries saw Bain emerge in the limelight making his debut against arch-rivals Rangers at the Ibrox Stadium. Things began to go awry for the 26-year-old as he had to pick the ball out of the net just three minutes into the game when Josh Windass found the net.
However, Bain rose from the difficult start and went on to become a big part of the game as the Hoops defeated Rangers 3-2, after they went a man down as Jozo Simunovic was sent off.
Following his debut against Gers, Bain has appeared in two more games for the Bhoys in the Scottish Premiership – against Motherwell and Ross County, and came away with clean sheets in both games, impressing the manager.
While Gordon remains the undisputed No. 1 at the Parkhead when fit, Rodgers will always be conscious of the fact that he is 35 years old. His backup, De Vries, turned 37 towards the end of the previous year, which should be a concern for Rodgers, despite the Dutchman still doing the best he can when called upon.
Here’s where signing Bain on a permanent contract is an ideal move for the Hoops. The goalkeeper is just 26-years-old and has his best years way ahead of him. He may not be ready to take over Gordon’s role as the No.1 immediately but surely, he has proven that he can be a more than a handy backup to the Scottish international. When the time comes for him to move on, say, in a couple years of time, Bain will be ready to move up the ladder.
The Edinburgh-born stopper will run out his contract with Dundee FC come season end. So far in his short time with the Hoops, he has managed to gain the favor of the manager, with Rodgers singing his praise to the media.
A promising talent who has done all the right things so far in his short spell at the Parkhead, Bain may not be a marquee signing but would prove to be a handy addition to the Celtic squad, and for free.