Hibernian boss Neil Lennon has confirmed that he is looking at taking Celtic’s Glasgow derby hero Scott Bain back to the club from Dundee when his loan ends at Parkhead.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper joined up with the Hoops in a deadline day deal during the January transfer window as a replacement for Craig Gordon following the Scotland international’s long-term injury blow, and has been battling it out for a place in the starting XI with Dorus De Vries.
He made his debut in Sunday’s derby against Rangers, and despite conceding twice put in a good performance to earn the plaudits of both fans and pundits, with his late stop from Alfredo Morelos’ effort earning him the moniker of a derby day hero.
Bain had been on loan at Hibs for a month prior to moving to Celtic, and now Lennon has confirmed his intention to try and prise him back off the reigning champions, having confirmed talks held with the shot stopper about taking him to Easter Road for the future.
He told the Daily Record: “It was good to see Scott do so well. It was a great experience for him and he handled the occasion very well.
“He looked very assured and he had a bit of luck, if you want to call it that, at the end but he recovered well from the Morelos rebound. For an Old Firm debut it was very good.
“There is still an interest (in signing him) and we made sure Scotty realised that before he left.
“In the short time he was here we were very impressed with the way he was around the place and his attitude in training and the attributes he has.”
Bain failed to make an appearance for Hibs during his month at the club, with just two unused substitute appearances under his belt.
Football Insider verdict
While one performance is hardly enough to warrant making a swoop, if Bain keeps up his fine form between the sticks with Celtic then Lennon could well have a battle on his hands to sign the 26-year-old. Craig Gordon is not going to be around forever and if he impresses during his loan spell at Parkhead, then the Dundee stopper could well be the man to step into the Scotland star’s shoes. Hibs’ efforts to convince him to move back to Easter Road may well all be in vain, as if it comes down to a battle between them and the reigning champions of Scotland, Bain is not going to have a hard choice to make.