Could signing Bain spell the end of Gordon's Celtic career?

Craig Gordon of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Ranger at Celtic Park on December 30, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic want to sign Scott Bain on a permanent deal, leaving question marks over Craig Gordon's future.

 

Scott Bain of Celtic is seen during the Rangers v Celtic Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

According to reports in the Scottish Sun, Celtic want to sign on-loan goalkeeper Scott Bain on a permanent deal this summer following his reassuring performance against Rangers on Sunday.

The 26-year-old, who arrived on loan from Dundee in January, was handed his debut in the Old Firm clash, and he rewarded manager Brendan Rodgers' trust in him by making crucial saves to deny Rangers' Alfredo Morelos and Jason Cummings in the closing stages of the game.

Bain's Dundee's contract runs out at the end of the campaign, and the Hoops are relishing the prospects of having a top shotstopper for free.

However, the decision could see the injured Craig Gordon leave Celtic Park if he is no longer guaranteed the number one jersy going forward.

The 35-year-old, who arrived at Celtic in the summer of 2014, will not be returning to action until May after he was ruled out for 12 weeks, as per Sky Sports, following a knee injury he picked up against Hibernian in January.

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With Dorus de Vries, who pulled out of the Old Firm game hours before kick off according to the Scottish Sun, likely to sit out of next Sunday's game against Motherwell, Bain is set to keep his place.

And going by his heroics against Rangers, he is not likely to give up his newly-found starting berth anytime soon.

Gordon remains a veteran and an experienced goalie, but age is certainly no longer on his side, and Celtic will hope Bain can be a long-term and perfect replacement.

The former Aberdeen youth goalkeeper has more than 100 Scottish Premiership games under his belt and is one of the best in between the sticks in the land.

Scott Brown and Scott Bain of Celtic react during the Rangers v Celtic Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Should Bain manage to hold on to his spot until summer and continue to impress Rodgers, it is safe to assume Gordon could be on his way out of Celtic sooner rather than later.

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