Exclusive: Lennon tipped to bench Bain v Hamilton after Celtic keeper transfer update
Alan Hutton has tipped Neil Lennon to bench goalkeeper Scott Bain for the Celtic season opener against Hamilton.
The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 28-year-old will drop straight out the side if the Hoops are successful in their transfer pursuit.
Lennon confirmed to the Daily Record that he is hopeful of signing a shot-stopper over the coming days after failing in their efforts to re-sign Fraser Forster.
The giant Southampton keeper was the manager’s first-choice between the sticks last season as Bain battled it out with Craig Gordon for a place on the bench.
Hutton believes that if Celtic can get a new goalkeeper in before the new Premiership season kicks off in August, Bain will be relegated back to the substitutes despite playing every minute of pre-season so far.
Asked if he thought Bain would start against Hamilton, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think there’s a big if, a big but on who they bring in. If they bring in someone with bags of experience and quality, I think that person will start.
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“Look, I think Bain is a good keeper, he’s come in and he’s done well. They obviously didn’t see him as a number one or he would have played, simple as that.
“They’re in the market for a goalkeeper that I’d presume would be their number one. He’s a good option for the moment but I still believe they’ll be looking to bring in a number one ahead of Hamilton.”
Bain started and played the full 90 minutes against OGC Nice, Lyon and PSG during the Hoops’ pre-season trip to France.
However, he failed to keep a clean sheet in any of the friendlies as Celtic drew one and lost two of the games.
In other Celtic news, Frank McAvennie has blasted a Hoops signing he has seen twice in the last week.
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