Neil Lennon admits Celtic squad player could be ready for extended run in the team
Scott Bain is set for a run in the team as Celtic’s No.1 after his manager admitted he’s been impressed by the goalkeeper’s attitude this season.
The former Alloa Athletic and Dundee stopper was one of several Celtic players to impress as the Hoops got over their recent poor form to earn a respectable draw away to Lille in the Europa League.
The visitors led 2-0 at the half thanks to a combination of a double from Mohamed Elyounoussi and a penalty save from Bain, who repelled Jonathan David’s spot-kick with his legs just before the half.
He was beaten twice in the second half by Mehmet Celik and Nanitamo Ikone, one of which was at very close range while the other went in via the aid of a delection.
Having started the season between the sticks, Bain came back into the side for Sunday’s 3-3 draw with Aberdeen after summer signing Vasilis Barkas had come under criticism for recent performances, though his manager later revealed the keeper was struggling with a shoulder injury.
The Greek international was on the bench for Thursday night’s game as Bain caught the eye in his place.
Asked if the Scot could now have a run in the team and claim the No.1 jersey, Lennon responded: "Absolutely, but he was always in and around it anyway.
"I was delighted with Scott, I thought he was excellent. We were aggrieved with the penalty, but he’s made a great save and made another couple of good saves during the first half. Everything he did he handled well.
“Since coming back in June there’s been a real sea-change in his attitude. He’s always in the gym early in the morning so he’s reaping the benefits of that.
“We’ve got a lot of fair and a lot of trust in him, as we do with Barkas as well.
“He’s done his chances no harm tonight with another fine performance. When you go away in Europe you need your goalkeeper to do well and he stood up and played really well tonight. He can be really, really pleased with himself.”
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