'No question' - Pat Bonner adamant about which Celtic goalkeeper will start semi-final
Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner believes that there is no doubt at all that Craig Gordon will start in goal for the Hoops in their Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers on Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers has a choice to make between Gordon and Scott Bain for the goalkeeping slot, and Bonner is adamant that Rodgers will give the start to the 35-year-old.
“Craig, no question,” Bonner said, as quoted by the Herald when asked who will be in goal for the Hoops.
“He’s fit, he’s raring to go and he produced some excellent saves in the Dundee game.”
Gordon suffered a knee injury in January but is now fully fit and played in the recent match against Dundee.
Bain started the Hoops’ 3-2 win over Rangers at Ibrox last month and has been excellent in the matches he has started after joining on loan from Dundee in January.
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Bonner is probably right, as Rodgers will want to involve a player who has been his number one goalkeeper for most of his time as Hoops boss. Bain has been excellent for the Bhoys so far, but Rodgers will pick what he believes is his strongest side for the game, which will include Gordon. Gordon pulled off some superb saves against Rangers in the match between the sides in December, and he is experience enough that he should get through the occasion without any difficulty at all, and a good performance from the Scottish International should see him keep his place as Hoops goalkeeper until the end of the season.
In other Celtic news, Moussa Dembele is likely to start the semi-final