Charlton Athletic manager Nigel Adkins was left praising a ‘magnificent’ Scott Bain save as Celtic held on to defeat the League One outfit in pre-season, while speaking to the Addicks’ website.
As Ange Postecoglou gets himself comfortable in the Hoops hot seat, choosing Celtic’s new number one is among the biggest decisions facing the former Australia boss in the biggest club job of his career.
Does he put his faith in Vasilis Barkas, the £5 million shot-stopper who struggled to adapt to life in Britain after arriving from Greek football last summer?
Does he bring in someone else from outside, with reports suggesting Aussie ace Mat Ryan could be reunited with Postecoglou north of the border?
Or does he hand a fresh chance to Scott Bain?
Will Scott Bain be Celtic’s number one under Ange Postecoglou?
The Edinburgh-born 29-year-old has divided supporters since his 2018 arrival from Dundee.
But Bain did his hopes of a starting berth no harm at all when brilliantly tipping a curling Conor Washington shot over the bar, with just three minutes remaining against Charlton.
“It was a good Celtic side and what a fantastic opportunity for our young players. We are 11 days into pre-season, they are playing in Europe in 10 days time so they are well ahead of us,” Adkins said, referencing the Hoops’ Champions League qualifier against Midtjylland next Tuesday.
“The goalkeeper made a magnificent save towards the end.
“We had a few chances in the first half. They were a very good side, you could see that from the way they kept possession, but what a great experience for our young players.”
Celtic’s patient possession-based football – a feature of the Postecoglou blueprint – caught the eye against Charlton with goals from Karamoko Dembele and Albian Ajeti sealing a hard-fought 2-1 win.