Just a month after Dorus de Vries admitted to the Scottish Sun that Celtic blocked his chances of leaving the club in the summer, the veteran goalkeeper has inked a one-year contract extension.
De Vries was due to leave Parkhead on a free at the end of this season but, despite making just seven appearances in almost a year-and-a-half, appears to have consigned himself to another year of sitting on the bench behind Craig Gordon.
And, understandably, a number of Celtic fans are wondering why the club decided that keeping a 36-year-old benchwarmer was the best way forward. Gordon himself is 34 these days and the expectation had been that the Scottish champions would look ahead for a shot-stopper capable of becoming the club’s long-term number one in the near future.
Someone like Scott Bain.
The Daily Record reported earlier in the year that Celtic were keeping tabs on the Dundee goalkeeper, who they have tracked since 2015, with his contract set to expire in the summer of 2018 too.
As it stands, Bain still has not committed his future to the Scottish Premiership side – meaning one of the most impressive goalkeepers north of the border is likely to be a man in demand by the business end of the season.
But with Gordon as consistent as ever and De Vries set to spend one more year in the green half of Glasgow, it appears that there is no room at the inn for Bain.
It’s likely that the uncapped Scot will now either sign a new contract or find a new club – meaning Celtic’s chances of signing him may now have gone for good.