Celtic are set to offer Scott Bain a new deal at Parkhead.
That’s according to a report by the Scottish Daily Express, who claim that, after handing both Anthony Ralston and Greg Taylor contract extensions earlier this month, the 30-year-old goalkeeper is next in line for a new deal.
The report goes on to state that Ange Postecoglou has been impressed with the Scotland international since he took over at Celtic this summer, despite Joe Hart being the Bhoys’ undisputed number one so far this season.
Bain’s current contract still has around a year and a half to run, expiring in the summer of 2023, however, a new deal looks set to tie the goalkeeper down at Parkhead on a long-term basis.
While it is true that Bain has impressed in spells since making the move to Celtic back in 2018, handing the 30-year-old a new deal while he still has the best part of a season and a half left to run on his current contract would appear to be a rather strange move by Postecoglou.
Indeed, the £720k-rated man particularly impressed over his 20 Scottish Premiership appearances back in 2018/19, keeping a whopping 15 clean sheets on the way to the Hoops lifting the league title – with Neil Lennon dubbing the ‘keeper “outstanding” at the end of the season.
However, since that campaign, Bain has made just 34 first-team appearances in all competitions, with Lennon spending £4.5m on Vasilis Barkas back in the summer of 2020, with the intention of the Greek international becoming the Bhoys’ number one, while Postecoglou himself splashed £1.08m on Joe Hart this summer – with the 34-year-old making the spot between the sticks his own so far this season.
Furthermore, Celtic currently boast a number of exceptionally talented young goalkeepers in their academy, with the likes of 18-year-old Tobi Oluwayemi and 23-year-old Conor Hazard not looking to be far away from regular first-team football.
As such, the decision to hand the £7.6k-per-week Bain a new deal would not only appear to be an odd move by Postecoglou, it could well be a big blunder by the 56-year-old manager, as a situation in which the shot-stopper puts pen to paper on a new long-term contract and is subsequently forced out of the first-team by one of the club’s youth prospects in the next few seasons would not appear an unlikely outcome whatsoever.