SCOTT BAIN has explained his thinking behind a pivotal moment in the Lille game last Thursday when he managed to save a penalty which would go a long way to securing a point in France.

Bain had come in from the cold for the Aberdeen game prior to the Lille game and while losing three goals, couldn’t be blamed for the draw.

In Lille, his performance could be explained as unorthodox, right down to the penalty save.

“We had a plan for each player, and the player who we thought was supposed to take the penalty -YusufYazici – ended up handing the ball to the boy who hit it, Jonathan David,” said Bain in an exclusive interview with the Celtic View.

“We expected Yazici to be their main penalty taker, but he instead gave it to David. In the moment, I forgot which way he was going, so I tried to wait as long as possible and then go last minute.

“Luckily, I was able to get my foot up and make the save. Especially when you think someone might do down the middle, it’s difficult not to simply stand there and be brave. You can sometimes look foolish if you pick a side and the player ends up going straight down the middle.

“But I think you’ve always got to go with the plan or go with your gut, and live and die by that.” 

Bain looks likely to keep his spot for the visit of Sparta Prague on Thursday. Barkas was dropped because of injury but now must wait his turn before he gets the chance to reclaim his spot.

The goalkeeper has come under pressure since coming in as he’s compared to Fraser Forster. Barkas hasn’t been given the chance to settle into his new club and will hopefully be afforded that opportunity throughout the season.

Bain will hopefully continue Celtic’s good run and be in goals for three points in the Europa.


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