Brendan Rodgers has told goalkeeper Scott Bain that he has the chance to win the No.1 shirt at Celtic, according to quotes reported by The Scottish Sun.
Bain kept a clean sheet on Wednesday as Celtic thumped St Mirren 4-0, and Rodgers has now confirmed that he is set to give the 27-year-old an extended run in the team.
Bain’s appearance against St Mirren was just his third of the season in the SPFL, as per Transfermarkt, though he has been selected for each of Celtic’s League Cup ties thus far this season.
Indeed, in his seven appearances this season in all competitions, Bain has conceded just once and is now set to be rewarded with a run of starts.
Gordon, meanwhile, has made 32 appearances in all competitions, conceding a total of 27 goals, according to Transfermarkt.
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As reported by The Scottish Sun, Rodgers said: “I’ve got two very good goalkeepers and I’m giving Scott a little run because I know what Craig can do.
“He also really helps the speed of our game because he gets it out quickly.
“I’ve got very good goalkeepers and whichever one I play will always contribute well.”
Celtic face Hamilton on Saturday, before a double-header against St Johnstone.
Rodgers has clearly praised both of his goalkeepers, but one wonders if Gordon will be fearful of losing his place on a more permanent basis.
Rodgers’ comments suggest that he has not been all that impressed with the former Sunderland shot-stopper’s performances, and his assertion that Bain has better distribution than Gordon points towards an extended run in the team.
His performances thus far this season have been such that he warrants his place on merit, rather than just on his style of play.
But if he continues to keep clean sheets as he has been, and Celtic keep winning, there is no real reason for Rodgers to make another change.
Gordon may well have to get used to sitting on the bench.