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Sunday 19 August 2018

Rodgers hints at permanent deal for Bain

FUTURE: Scott Bain
FUTURE: Scott Bain

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has hinted at a potential Parkhead future for goalkeeper Scott Bain beyond the end of the season.

The on-loan Dundee man was thrust into the spotlight last weekend after stepping in following injury to Dorus de Vries and making several crucial saves in Celtic's 3-2 victory over Rangers.

It has been a frustrating season on the sidelines for Bain, who had not played since clashing with Dens Park manager Neil McCann in October before a brief loan move to Hibernian.

Injury to Craig Gordon led to Celtic sending out an SOS to Bain in January and, after warming the bench he responded to the call with a fine display at Ibrox, which has left Rodgers considering a more permanent deal for the 26-year-old.

"I thought Scott Bain was absolutely outstanding last week to come into a game of that magnitude," the Hoops boss said ahead of tomorrow's SPL visit to Motherwell. "If you can play in that game as a Celtic player away at Ibrox with that atmosphere against your biggest rivals, then you know you can play in any game of football for Celtic.

"It's difficult to come in as back-up goalkeeper, but the likes of (goalkeeping coach) Stevie Woods, who has known him longer than I, have always said that he's a player that could play for us."

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