Celtic could secure a future first-team regular by sealing Scott Bain deal

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic celebrates victory after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scott Bain enjoyed a dream debut for Scottish Premiership giants Celtic but is wanted by rivals Hibernian and Hearts too when his Dundee contract expires.

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.

Scott Bain has only played 90 minutes of football for Celtic, but that appears to be enough to encourage the reigning champions to make his loan move from Dundee permanent at the end of this season.

The 26-year-old enjoyed a dream debut in the Old Firm win at Rangers on Sunday, making a vital save from Alfredo Morelos at 2-2. And, according to the Scottish Sun, Celtic are already plotting a move to sign Bain on a free when his contract at Dundee expires in the summer.

Hearts are also keen, as are Hibernian who Bain joined on loan in January before performing a dramatic U-turn and heading to Celtic instead.

Daniel Joao Santos Candeias of Rangers puts pressure on Scott Bain of Celtic during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2018...

Although if the Hoops do manage to win the race for the uncapped Scot, they may just be pulling off one of their best deals in a long time.

After all, even though Craig Gordon is set to return fairly soon from an injury he sustained back in January, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will know he cannot rely on the Scotland number one forever.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon celebrates the third Celtic goal during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park Stadium on March 1, 2015 in Glasgow,...

Gordon is 35 now and understudy Dorus de Vries, who lost his place to Bain for that trip to Ibrox, is even older. Bain, however, has much of his career ahead of him and, at just 26, has plenty of time to improve.

It is no exaggeration to suggest that, if Bain stays at Parkhead, Celtic could have secured a player who will be one of the first names on their team-sheet for years to come without spending a single penny.

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