Scott Bain has been ruled out for up to two months after picking up an injury to his hand. This might send the Scottish champions scrambling for a replacement in the transfer market.
This has not been a great week for Celtic fans. First, they got knocked out from third round of the Champions League qualification phase after conceding four goals at home to CFR Cluj. And it might just have gotten worse with reports now emerging in The Scottish Sun that Scott Bain has now picked up an injury that could see him out of action for nearly two months.
Bain has been the first choice between the sticks under Neil Lennon and has started every game this season except the second leg away at Nomme Kalju, a tie that had been effectively killed off in the first leg itself with a 5-0 win at Celtic Park. But now with the 27-year-old out, Lennon will have to rely on veteran goalkeeper, Craig Gordon.
Celtic also have Northern Irish youngster, Conor Hazard, in their ranks but considering the fact that the 21-year-old is yet to make a start for the Hoops, it is a risk that the manager cannot seemingly take in a season where they aim to win their ninth Scottish Premiership in a row. As a result, Celtic might forced to dip into the transfer market in search of a new goalkeeper.
The Glasgow club have already been linked with former goalkeeper, Fraser Forster, after he has fallen out of favour at Southampton. Forster joined Celtic back in 2010 on loan from Newcastle United and the move was later made permanent in 2012. He left in 2014 for Southampton but now finds himself behind the pecking order to both Angus Gunn and Alex McCarthy.
A move to Celtic could be best for both parties at this point of time. Questions had been raised over Scott Bain even before he was injured and his recent downturn in form could have seen the board bring in a new goalkeeper regardless.