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Unsung hero: Bain quietly makes his mark with yet another clean sheet

Amid the joy of Celtic’s late win over Kilmarnock one small fact was almost overlooked – another clean sheet for Scott Bain.

In eight domestic matches since returning from their winter break Celtic have yet to conceded a goal with the former Dundee keeper the only defensive player to have played in all of those matches.

Jeremy Toljan and Jonny Hayes have come into the full-back roles while Jozo Simunovic missed out on Sunday due to his problems with playing on plastic pitches. But throughout the chopping and changing Bain has kept his goal intact for over 700 minutes of domestic action.

It was a bold decision by Brendan Rodgers to replace Craig Gordon with Bain, a player signed on loan as third choice back-up 12 months earlier before his transfer was made permanent last summer.

During the Betfred Cup campaign Bain was rarely troubled but it was his calmness on the ball that stood out, a two-fold benefit. As well as playing the ball out accurately the 27-year-old can take a pass from almost any position, adding to the confidence of his defensive team-mates.

Keeping the ball out of the net will always be the priority for any goalkeeper and Bain started his current run in the team with a remarkable triple save in the Scottish Cup win over Airdrie.

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Back in 2014 Fraser Forster went 1,256 minutes without losing a goal, setting a British record that included over 13 clean sheets before, of all people, Hayes ended that run with a wonder goal for Aberdeen.

Those sort of records don’t come around often. It’s unlikely that Bain will beat Forster’s record but with an eight point lead at the top of the table, the former Dundee keeper has already made a significant contribution to another title success.

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