McLeish Exclusive: It's 'Unfair' what Lennon is doing to Celtic star I know very well
Alex McLeish has urged Neil Lennon to avoid making too many changes between the sticks at Celtic after Scott Bain returned to the starting XI v Aberdeen.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Rangers and Scotland manager has admitted that it can be “unfair” for second-choice players but that constant swapping can breed uncertainty among the squad.
Lennon has confirmed to Sky Sports that Greek international Vasilis Barkas is back in contention for Thursday’s Europa League tie against Lille after he missed Sunday’s 3-3 draw with a back injury.
Bain stepped into the void to make his second start of the season but was beaten by two Lewis Ferguson penalties and a Ryan Hedges goal.
McLeish has admitted that picking between “two top-class goalkeepers” can be a huge dilemma for managers but that the Hoops boss needs to avoid chopping and changing.
McLeish told Football Insider: “The goalkeeping one is really tough. I’ve had goalkeepers before, two top-class goalkeepers and if one made a mistake in a couple of games, do you put the other one in the next week? Do you keep faith?
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“Scott Bain, I played him for the Scottish national team, he’s a very decent goalkeeper. Sometimes it’s unfair to players who are playing second fiddle to be constantly seeing maybe a mistake or two or somebody has definitely lost confidence and not getting in.
“The one thing as a manager that you want to avoid is making too many changes every week. If you do that, it kind of smacks of the old sing-song: ‘You don’t know what you’re doing.'”
Bain’s only other appearance this season came on the opening day against Hamilton.
He has a total of 48 games under his belt for the Bhoys but has played second fiddle to the likes of Fraser Forster and Craig Gordon in recent years.
In other Celtic news, a fans’ favourite is said to be giving Lennon a major headache.