By Richard Parks
Chris Sutton has hailed the “massive b******s” of Scott Bain in the Daily Record after he rose to the occasion to deliver a man-of-the-match display in Celtic 3-2 win over Rangers on Sunday.
The on-loan goalkeeper, 26, made his Hoops debut and his first appearance since 28 October as 10-man Celtic twice came from behind to secure a memorable triumph at Ibrox.
Bain, whose parent club is Dundee, subsequently revealed that he had only been told on the morning of the match that he would be starting after Dorus De Vries missed out due to injury as he joined first choice Craig Gordon on the sidelines.
Former Hoops striker hailed the performance of Bains as he delivered the goods in what was a shaky display at the back by the visitors.
“[Defence is] an area that has needed to be addressed for a long time but thankfully Scott Bain showed massive b******s in a game like that,” Sutton said in his Daily Record column on the Old Firm thriller.
“I was really impressed with him coming into such a big game at such short notice and he could have made the gloves his own in front of Dorus de Vries.
“Bain needs a run of games but was a big positive considering Celtic’s vulnerability at the back.
“The 26-year-old made a good save from Alfredo Morelos in one of Rangers’ squandered chances while there were even little things like a free-kick he caught when most goalkeepers would have tried to punch it.”
Football Insider verdict:
Credit to Bain, he stood up to the pressure of the Ibrox bearpit and delivered the performance of his career. It was not just the saves from Alfredo Morelos and Josh Windass that stood out, but his composure in the face of a ferocious atmosphere. His catching and command of his box was also impressive. Watching Bain deliver the goods in the biggest domestic match of the season to date and it is difficult to see how Brendan Rodgers can axe him from the starting XI when De Vries and Gordon are fit.
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