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Celtic senior player injury boost is confirmed, but he may not get back into Rodgers XI

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Celtic have been boosted with the news that Craig Gordon is set to return from his knee injury sooner than expected.

Hoops goalkeeping coach Stevie Woods confirmed to the Evening Times that the goalkeeper could be back in time for the Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers in April.

However, just because Gordon is back that doesn’t mean he should immediately regain his place in Brendan Rodgers’ first-team.

The 35-year-old senior player may well face an unexpected battle to regain his place in the first-team due to the form of the man who has become his replacement – Scott Bain.

Bain, who arrived at the Hoops in January in a loan-deal from Dundee, has thrived in his two starting appearances so far for the Hoops.

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He was one of the main match-winners for the Hoops in the 3-2 win over Rangers with two great saves from Alfredo Morelos, and he also did well to deny Curtis Main on two occasions in the goalless draw with Motherwell.

Whilst there seems to be little doubt that Hoops boss Rodgers has Gordon in mind as his number one goalkeeper overall, Bain has done nothing so far that would suggest that he deserves to be dropped.

Unlike Gordon’s other replacement, Dorus de Vries, Bain has looked secure and a more than worthy successor to the current Scotland international.

The Hoops boss will have a big decision to make when Gordon returns to full fitness, but at the moment Bain deserves to be the Hoops goalkeeper for the weeks ahead.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops have been linked with Real Zaragoza centre-forward Borja Iglesias

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