Alan Hutton suggests Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain is set to remain as backup to the first-team in the long term despite penning a new contract at Parkhead.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and Scotland defender says that the shot-stopper is not about to break into the starting XI with Fraser Forster in front of him and suggests that the Hoops could look to bring the English international in permanently.
Celtic confirmed that the 27-year-old had put pen to paper on a new deal which keeps him tied down to the Glasgow giants until 2023, having initially arrived at Parkhead on loan from Dundee in January 2018.
✍️ @ScottBain_ pens new 4⃣ year deal with the Hoops 🙌
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) October 31, 2019
With Bain having played just seven times for the Hoops this season, the majority of those coming prior to Forster’s return on loan, Hutton says that he might have to continue to bide his time for a long time yet.
Asked if he thought Celtic saw Bain as their long-term number one, Hutton told Football Insider: “It will be interesting, I must admit, whether they try and make Forster permanent. We’ll obviously soon find out.
“If that happens, he’s your number one. Obviously he’s on loan at the moment and if they make it permanent, he will be number one. Then Bain, again arguably was brought in as a number two, when he came in.
“He ousted Craig Gordon and did well but they obviously felt the need to bring somebody else in, which they did. I’m sure he’ll be happy signing a new deal but if they make Forster permanent, he will be the number one.”
Bain originally joined Celtic as cover for the injured Craig Gordon, appearing to establish himself ahead of his fellow Scot in the pecking order when both were fit.
He has a total of 45 Hoops appearances under his belt, managing to keep a clean sheet in over half of those games.