Scott Bain has his work cut out to return between the sticks for Celtic when he recovers from his injury as a result of Fraser Forster’s form, according to what players ‘many privately believe’, via Football Insider.
Bain has been out since dislocating his finger in mid-August, which forced Celtic to act quickly to snap up a replacement before the end of the summer transfer window – and so they did. Indeed, Forster returned to Celtic from Southampton on a season-long loan from the club the Bhoys sold him to in 2014 for £10m, having fallen out of favour at St. Mary’s.
With Angus Gunn and Alex McCarthy having established themselves at the number one and two, Forster stood as the third choice in the pecking order at his parent club, so a move away for regular football and the chance to prove himself made perfect sense.
As per the report, Celtic players were initially said to be sceptical that the club had signed a third proven goalkeeper to add to Bain and Craig Gordon in the ranks. However, Forster is said to have won over his teammates in training with his excellence in training and matches, leaving some players in awe.
Given that the 31-year-old has made such an impression, it has lead players to believe that Bain will struggle to get the starting shirt again when he returns in November. Indeed, the likes of Chris Sutton (writing in the Daily Record) have talked about his ‘stature’, so it’s clear to see the 6-cap England international has had quite the impact in Scotland.
When he has three senior ‘keepers at his disposal, it could prove a tricky task for Neil Lennon to keep them happy given Forster’s stature and the fact that both Bain and Gordon have been the club’s first-choice ‘keepers over the years.
Until then he has time to decide to judge by what he has seen from Forster and what is to come. Forster can only keep trying to impress his teammates and manager in an attempt to keep leaving them in awe of his ability.
Bain, on the other hand, must step up to the plate in training to try and win Lennon back over for game time on the pitch.
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