'Made a right mess of it' - Exclusive: McNamara blasts recent form of 'silly' Celtic mainstay


Jackie McNamara has torn into the recent performances of Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain after the club’s Champions League qualifying defeat to CFR Cluj.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hoops and Scotland international says that the 27-year-old’s mistakes between the sticks are causing a great amount of uncertainty in the defence and that his performance was a key factor in losing to the Romanian side.

The Bhoys saw their hopes of Champions League football go up in smoke after a 4-3 defeat at Parkhead, Bain pushing the ball into the path of a Cluj player for the visitors’ third.

Having watched the keeper contribute to the defeat, McNamara insists that Bain’s errors are causing the entire defence to put in uncertain performances.

McNamara told Football Insider: “It’s silly errors, Scott Bain I think had quite a shaky night from the start, dropping that one that they end up kicking Scott Brown with. Then he saved one with his feet from a 35-yard free-kick.

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“That puts the uncertainty there and again, from his game against Motherwell, from the goals they lost, especially the first goal.

“You want to shut up shop after the third goal but the keeper made a right mess of it.”

Bain has played in all but one of Celtic’s fixtures this season, with Craig Gordon taking his place for the second leg against Nomme Kalju.

The former Dundee stopper has 45 appearances under his belt for the Hoops, having initially joined on loan as cover for Gordon’s injury setback.

In other Celtic news, McNamara has told Football Insider that Lennon has lost trust in one of his senior stars.