Celtic to speak to on-loan keeper Scott Bain about permanent deal

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he has spoken to on loan keeper Scott Bain about making his stay at Parkhead permanent. Bain was signed on loan during the January transfer window after first choice keeper Craig Gordon picked up a long-term injury.

With his contract at Dundee expiring in the summer, Hibernian and Hearts have already shown an interest in signing the keeper.

Speaking ahead of Celtic's tie with Ross County at the weekend, Brendan Rodgers admitted: "It's something that I've already spoke to him on and I'm sure that between now and the end of the season the club will speak to his representatives.

"He's come in and been absolutely fabulous, really. Being thrown into the game he was thrown into gives you everything you need to know about his personality and in his last game against Motherwell he looked very competent.

"It's great for him and great for Celtic and we'll hopefully organise something between now and the end of the season."

Rodgers added: "It won't necessarily be up to Scott because as a goalkeeper he has to play in a team that exploits his qualities as well. He was at Dundee, he played there in a team that played football so his qualities were highlighted in terms of how he passed the ball, how he could build the game from behind.

"So technically he's very gifted but other managers might want something else. They might want a goalkeeper that makes saves and just kicks the ball up the field as far as he possibly can. So it just depends.

"What he'll do, and in fairness to the likes of Hibs where Neil [Lennon] likes his teams to play football, the likes of here he'll get the opportunity to showcase his qualities."

With Gordon set to return from injury in the next few weeks and de Vries also vying for the number one jersey, Bain will find it tough to secure first team football but Rodgers has been impressed with the stand-in keeper.

"He makes saves first and foremost, he's got great spring," he said. "I don't necessarily need my goalkeepers to be 6'4" or 6'5".

"I had Michel Vorm at Swansea and he was brilliant for me. A shot stopper, good with his feet, good character, good personality and I see Scott in a similar sort of vein.

"He's technically very, very good and he understands tactical ideas. He's shown that he can cope with pressure because he won't play in a more pressurised game than one at Ibrox.

"It's just a case of consistency, really. He's at a great age for a goalkeeper and I can see him going very, very far."