English eyes on Bain but Brendan has found a safe pair of hands

APPARENTLY Brendan Rodgers is facing a ‘Battle’ to keep hold of Scott Bain who after his outstanding debut on Sunday – and you read about that first on The Celtic Star – is now attracting attention from clubs down south.

Brendan’s joy at winning at Ibrox on Sunday would have been short-lived if he’d picked up the papers. Players he thought were still under contract for next season were revealed to be free agents in the summer with 9 Celtic stars all set to walk away.

And if he thought that he’d have it all his own way “convincing” Scott Bain to agree a deal with Celtic in the summer he was completely wrong. The bad news was that both Hibs and Hearts were after the player whose contract with Dundee concludes at the end of May.

How can Celtic be expected to compete with the Edinburgh giants?

Now though things have got even worse.English City giants Bristol and Birmingham are apparently keen on the player who arrived at Celtic in his Hibs training kit just before the window closed in January.

The former Celtic manager Neil Lennon obviously would like Bain back at Easter Road. The player warmed up at Celtic Park at half time for Hibs on the day that Efe Ambrose and Craig Gordon collided at a Hibs corner just before the interval. Gordon’s injury opened the door for Bain, who not so long ago, was labouring on a building site as he tried to make the grade in the game at Alloa.

Lennon was impressed by Bain’s performance at Ibrox.

“It was a great experience for him and he handled the occasion very well. He looked very assured and had a bit of luck, if you want to call it that, but recovered well from the Morelos rebound.

“For an Old Firm (sic) debut it was very good, but even in the short time he was here we were impressed with the way he was around the place, his attitude in training and the attributes he has.

“There’s an interest and we made Scotty realise that before he left.”

Scott Bain is likely to keep his place in the Celtic team that travels to Motherwell on Sunday. Like all goalkeepers he knows that the rule possession in nine tenths of the law is particularly relevant to the player who has the first team’s goalie gloves.

And Brendan Rodgers clearly believes that in Bain, he has a safe pair of hands.

This was my, my, my Beautiful Sunday

“There is surely no denyin’, wi’oor captain Willie Lyon, we will win the Scottish Cup once again,” a pre-war Celtic chant

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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