Scott Bain hasn’t played two Scottish Premiership games for Celtic, who are linked with Newcastle United’s young Premier League goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
Scott Bain is celebrating one year as a Celtic player this month but the feeling might be rather bittersweet.
After all, the former Dundee goalkeeper hasn’t exactly been a key player under Brendan Rodgers since he arrived in January 2017. With Craig Gordon still Celtic’s undisputed number one despite his advancing years, Bain has played just six games this season with two of those coming in the Scottish Premiership.
And the 27-year-old’s role at Celtic has come under question of late, especially with the Chronicle reporting that the Hoops are interested in signing the highly-rated Newcastle United shot-stopper Freddie Woodman.
Now, speaking to the Daily Star, former Celtic forward Charlie Nicholas has expressed his doubts about Bain – and has encouraged Rodgers to sign an upgrade if he has the chance.
“I would target a keeper. Craig Gordon’s days at the top are numbered and I am not convinced Scott Bain is his long-term replacement,” said Nicholas, who had two spells in green and white between 1979 and 1995.
“I would look at Freddie Woodman at Newcastle United. He has been up here at Kilmarnock and Aberdeen and he has real potential.
“He could also push into the England squad and add real value so now’s a good time to make a move for him.”
If Woodman does arrive, which is not beyond the realms of possibility given that he’s behind Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow in the pecking order, there is a real chance that Bain could be pushed down to third choice.