Charlie Nicholas names the player Celtic should sign to replace Scott Bain

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the first leg UEFA Champions League Qualifier between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park Stadium on July 25, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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 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.

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.

Newcastle sub goalkeeper Freddie Woodman in action during the warm up befored the Premier League match between Stoke City and Newcastle United at Bet365 Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Stoke...

“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.

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.

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