Do Hartley comments explain why Celtic want permanent Bain signing?

Daniel Joao Santos Candeias of Rangers scores his sides second goal past Scott Bain of Celtic during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on...

Scott Bain, who joined Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic on loan from Dundee in the January transfer window, has previously worked with Falkirk manager Paul Hartley.

AlfredoGLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 04:  Falkirk manager Paul Hartley on the touch line during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Rangers and Falkirk at Ibrox Stadium on March 4,...

Falkirk manager Paul Hartley has spoken highly of Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain to The Scottish Sun.

Bain, who joined Celtic on loan from Dundee in the January transfer window, made his debut for the Hoops in the Old Firm derby against Rangers at Ibrox at the weekend.

Although the 26-year-old goalkeeper conceded two goals, the overall performance of the former Aberdeen prospect was impressive, as the Hoops won the Scottish Premiership game 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.

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

Falkirk manager Hartley worked with Bain at Alloa Athletic and Dundee, and he has praised the Celtic goalkeeper with whom he played at Aberdeen as well.

Hartley told The Scottish Sun about Bain: “Scott has always been excellent with the ball at his feet, and that’s important in the modern game.

“We used to play little training games and he would play outfield sometimes. He has good ability.”

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.

Key factor in Celtic future

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers likes his goalkeepers to play with the ball at their feet and build attack from the back.

Hartley’s comments about Bain being good with the ball at his feet could be a reason why Rodgers signed the 26-year-old on loan in the January transfer window.

It could also be a key factor in Celtic signing the goalkeeper on a permanent contract in the summer of 2018, with The Scottish Sun claiming that the Glasgow giants are interested in keeping him at Celtic Park for next season.

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