Brendan Rodgers appears delighted with the way one of his biggest January decisions has been vindicated.
Scott Bain arrived at Celtic 12 months earlier but it was January 2019 that he really made his mark with the former Dundee keeper poised to make his European debut against Valencia on Thursday night.
Craig Gordon was a key figure of Celtic’s Double Treble success but Rodgers has a ruthless side and won’t go on sentiment when it comes to making big decisions.
Scott Brown discovered that side to the Irishman earlier this season, and Gordon is now looking at an extended spell watching from the bench.
“What I love about Scott is his temperament, whether it was Ibrox in his first game, or at Hampden in the final, in front of 10 or 100,000 people,” Rodgers said as quoted by The Evening Times.
“He’s just one of those of those players who has a really good temperament for the game and he’s a fantastic goalkeeper.”
Rodgers has always placed a strong emphasis on having goalkeepers comfortable with the ball at their feet – capable of starting attacks rather than inducing panic.
Bain fits that description perfectly through the accuracy of his passing and willingness for team-mates to pop the ball back to him before a cultured ball to a free man.
Valencia will present a far tougher goal threat than any of Celtic’s domestic opponents have mustered this year but with seven shut-outs to his name, Bain couldn’t go into his European debut any more confident.