Conor Hazard is Scott Bain’s main obstacle in permanent Celtic deal

A general view as rain falls prior to the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Celtic FC and AFC Ajax at Celtic Park on November 26, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Scott Bain joined Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic on loan from Dundee in the January transfer window.

Scott Bain of Dundee on July 30, 2016 in Dundee, Scotland.

Dundee-owned Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain recently suggested to The Daily Record that he wants to make his loan deal at the Bhoys a permanent move.

Bain joined Celtic on loan from Scottish Premiership rivals Dundee on January transfer deadline day and will remain at the Glasgow giants until the end of the season.

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“I don’t think I’ll be back at Dundee,” the 26-year-old told The Daily Record. “My focus is here, on loan for the rest of the season.

“I’ll do whatever I can to make this a permanent move when I’m a free agent in the summer.”

A general view of a rain soaked Celtic Park exterior before the UEFA Champions League qualifying round play-off first leg match between Celtic and Malmo FF at Celtic Park on August 19,...

Bain was signed by Celtic following the injury suffered by Craig Gordon, and the 26-year-old will be competing for Dorus de Vries for the number one spot in the coming weeks.

However, the 26-year-old could struggle to earn a permanent contract with Celtic in the summer of 2018 even if he does well due to a certain Conor Hazard.

Hazard is 19 years of age and joined Scottish Championship club Falkirk on loan in the January transfer window.

A general view of Park Head during the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Aberdeen at Celtic Park Stadium on March 1, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.

As Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers himself said, the teenager was sent out on loan to get playing time, and it is clear that the former Liverpool and Swansea City boss rates him highly.

Rodgers recently told Celtic’s official website: “We sent young Conor Hazard out on loan to get experience. I think he could be a very good keeper in the future for us but he needs to get the games.”

Hazard is unlikely to be Celtic’s first-choice goalkeeper next season, but the youngster could well be made an important part of the first-team squad by manager Rodgers.

With Gordon and De Vries already at Celtic, it could mean that Bain misses out on a permanent deal in the summer of 2018.

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