Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain has revealed that Craig Gordon is set to return to training this week, as the pair battle it out to be number one ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final.
Bain was in goal for the game against Aberdeen on Sunday, but he has made the revelation that Gordon, who has struggled with a knee injury this week, will be fit for the match against Motherwell.
“I think he is all set to join in training again,” Bain said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“All the goalkeepers are ready to go and ready to push one another for the final.
“I’m sure Craig is desperate to play. The whole week we need to push one another and make sure that both of us are ready so that whoever gets the nod is ready. The most important thing is that mentally and physically you are ready if called upon and both of us will be.”
Bain has done very well for the Hoops since signing initially on-loan from Dundee in January, and he recently joined the Hoops on a permanent deal, but Gordon has been a mainstay for the Hoops this season when fit, having made 44 appearances this season.
Football Insider verdict
Brendan Rodgers’ choice to be the Hoops goalkeeper for the cup final is a decision that he was to get right. Unlike earlier this season the Hoops boss now has two excellent shot-stoppers to choose from, and both players could say that they deserve to be the man in goals at Hampden Park. However, if both players are fully fit then Rodgers will likely decide to put Gordon in goal. The 36-year-old has been Rodgers’ first choice goalkeeper for almost all of his time in charge of the Hoops, and despite how well Bain has done in his appearances in recent weeks Rodgers will look at Gordon as the more dependable player. Next season could be a different story though, as both players will have a full pre-season to try and impress Rodgers going into the Champions League qualifiers, but for the cup final it looks like Rodgers will once again put his faith in Gordon, who has been a goalkeeper for the Bhoys in what has been an unexpected career revival.