Scott Bain claims display against Rangers helped him earn permanent Celtic move

Scott Bain of Celtic arrives at the stadium prior to the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic have made Scott Bain's loan move permanent, and the goalie admits the Rangers clash played a huge role.

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.

Celtic have signed January loan arrival Scott Bain permanently on a four-year deal after impressing manager Brendan Rodgers.

The former Dundee goalkeeper arrived at Parkhead as an emergency loan signing during the winter transfer window following a long-term injury to Craig Gordon, and he was thrown into the deep end of Old Firm action after back-up goalie Dorus de Vries was ruled out the morning of the game.

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Bain came out with his head held high in the 3-2 win over Rangers in March, and he admitted to Celtic's official website that his heroics in the encounter secured him a permanent move.

“I’m delighted. It’s more than I obviously expected when I first came in. I’m over the moon," the 28-year-old Scotland international told Celtic TV after agreeing the new deal.

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...

“I don’t think it could have gone any better. It’s funny, there’s a lot of little things that went my way to get to Celtic on loan and then to play the game against Rangers, which sent me on my way to this four-year-deal.

“That game showed the manager everything he needed to know. He said after the game that it’s one of the biggest games to play and it really showed him my mentality and that I could handle being a Celtic player."

Bain's impressive debut, with 10-man Celtic coming from behind twice to seal an emphatic victory, was enough to convince all of his quality.

He has gone on to make five more Scottish Premiership appearances, keeping three clean sheets in the process.

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.

It remains to be seen if Bain can pip Gordon to the starting berth, but he remains a capable and quality backup who can step up whenever the need arises.

His presence will also keep the 35-year-old on his toes, and he has all he takes to become Gordon's long-term successor.

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