After another strong performance in yesterday’s Scottish Cup semi-final, it seems Scott Bain may have earned himself a longer run in the team.
At least, if manager Neil Lennon’s post match comments are anything to go by.
Speaking after the 2-0 victory over Aberdeen earned Celtic a shot at securing an unprecedented quadruple treble against Hearts next month, Lennon heaped praise on his goalkeeper.
The manager said: “Scott’s done great. He looked really solid. He’s very assured with the ball at his feet and in his hands too.
“He comfortably dealt with anything Aberdeen could throw at us.”
Whilst Bain wasn’t really troubled much throughout the match, the clean sheet, on the back of a penalty save in midweek, will no doubt be a further boost to his confidence as will the words of his manager.
The fact that Lennon chose to single Bain out for praise without any prompting from the interviewer suggests that perhaps the big keeper can expect an extended run of games.
Vasilis Barkas has now been on the bench for two games in a row, since returning from injury. He had come in for criticism after recent displays. Some believe he was at fault for the first goal in Celtic’s recent defeat in the Glasgow derby.
Until Bain makes a major mistake, it will be difficult to drop him so long as the positive results continue.
However, as a summer marquee signing and someone who holds international ambitions with Greece, Barkas won’t be happy being a substitute.
A stable defence begins with a steady keeper. Whoever ultimately ends up becoming Celtic’s number one needs to remember that.
A battle for that number 1 jersey, will hopefully drive both keepers on to new levels of performance, which can only benefit the team in the long run.