Celtic keen to keep Scott Bain after Dundee keeper's loan spell ends

Celtic's Scott Bain, Scott Brown and Brendan Rodgers
Scott Bain (left) was praised by Brendan Rodgers following 10-man Celtic's win at Ibrox

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has indicated the club are keen to extend goalkeeper Scott Bain's stay.

The 26-year-old is on loan from Dundee and is out of contract in the summer.

Bain, who had not featured in a game since late October, made his Celtic debut in Sunday's 3-2 win at Rangers.

"He can play in the style that we want and he has shown, in one of the biggest occasions, that he has the temperament to play for us," Rodgers said.

"Scott came in as back-up and we would like to keep him, both in the short and long term."

Bain was sent on loan to Hibernian on 1 January after falling out with Dundee manager Neil McCann.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths (right) returns to training on Friday
Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths (right) returned to training on Friday

But before he had played a game for the Edinburgh club he was released from that loan 30 days later so he could join Celtic as cover for the injured Craig Gordon.

He finally got his chance to make his Celtic debut when Gordon's deputy, Dorus de Vries, also picked up an injury.

Hibs manager Neil Lennon has said he would be interested in securing Bain permanently when his contract expires in the summer, while Hearts see him as a replacement should Jon McLaughlin leave at the end of the season.

"He's been brilliant," Rodgers added of Bain. "We will sit down with him and talk."

The Celtic manager was talking as De Vries was passed fit and returned to the squad ahead of Sunday's trip to face Motherwell.

Striker and top scorer Leigh Griffiths missed Celtic's trip to Ibrox with a calf injury that has kept him out since late January, but Rodgers said: "He has just joined the squad today.

"We will have to taper his training for a few weeks before he is back."