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‘He’s felt I had it in for him’ – Celtic legend Chris Sutton reveals the upset Bhoys star | Football | Sport


But the former striker, now an outspoken columnist for the Daily Record, insisted: That’s just not the case!

Boss Brendan Rodges has installed Scott Bain as his No.1 since the winter break and Celtic haven’t conceded since.

During that time Celtic have won six in a row, meaning Bain is likely to stay in position for the foreseeable future.

“There won’t be any decision to make over his no.1 though as it’s fairly clear Scott Bain has the shirt right now,” Sutton said.

“I have a lot of sympathy for Craig Gordon. I know he’s sometimes felt I had it in for him but that wasn’t the case.

“I praised him for his displays before the break and thought he made some superb saves against Rangers.

“There is no getting away from the fact his distribution caused a few of those problems and it was only a matter of time before Bain got his chance.

“I was a little surprised it came along when it did but Celtic have yet to concede a goal this year, so it’s obviously worked.

“Again, Bain hasn’t really been tested though and it will be a different story on Thursday against Valencia].”

Rodgers explained the reasoning for picking Bain over Gordon following the 2-0 win over Hibs.

He said: “First and foremost he is very agile. He makes saves, that’s the first thing you want from your keeper. It’s no good being good with your feet if you can’t keep the ball out of the net.

“What he has is a wonderful view of the game. He understands the game, when it needs speeding up, when it needs control.

“For my teams throughout my life, that’s how I have always had them. They don’t need to be 6ft4, 6ft5, as long as they have got good agility, can make saves then they can participate in the game when we have the ball.

“You see a game like this tonight, Hibs are playing with two front players, they want to press, they have a No.10 in behind looking to press, you need your goalkeeper then who can stay calm and pick out the lines of pass that we would want him to.

“He misplaced one pass which was the first one, he knows he should have had a touch, apart from that he was immaculate. He’s very good.”

Rodgers then added: “But I have got Craig Gordon as well who is very good.”

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