Unfortunately for Scott Bain, there is no reason for Celtic to dispense with Craig Gordon as things stand.
Bain moved to Celtic on loan in January and made his move permanent in the summer once his contract with Dundee had expired. And Bhoys manager Brendan Rodgers was delighted that the 26-year-old chose the champions despite interest from elsewhere.
“He can play in the style that we want and he has shown, in one of the biggest occasions, that he has the temperament to play for us,” Rodgers told the BBC, referencing Bain’s excellent debut in a 3-2 win at Rangers in March.
But it seems the former Hibernian loanee will be forced to play a waiting game at Parkhead. Gordon missed most of the second half of last season with injury but, since returning to full fitness, the 35-year-old has re-established himself as Celtic’s number one.
He has played in every one of the Hoops’ league fixtures so far, with Bain’s only action coming in a 3-1 win away at Partick Thistle in the League Cup.
With Gordon under contract until 2020, Bain faces another year-and-a-half of warming the bench unless the usually reliable Scotland number one suffers a dramatic dip in form or another long-term injury.
This is the life of the back-up goalkeeper, and Bain must have known that he would have to bide his time. But will he have to wait until 2020 before his opportunity to become Celtic’s number one finally arrives? Can he afford to sit on the bench for that long?