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‘I NEVER GAVE UP HOPE,’ BAIN

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SCOTT BAIN is hoping to cap a remarkable comeback by sealing a permanent move to Celtic.

The on-loan keeper, who has made four appearances after his dramatic debut in the 3-2 win at Ibrox last month, is a free agent in the summer when his contract with Dundee expires.

However, Brendan Rodgers is poised to offer the athletic shotstopper  a deal with the champions – just seven years after he was thrown on the soccer scrapheap.

Bain, 26, was released by Aberdeen in 2011, but rebuilt his career with Alloa and could now cap it all with a switch to the Hoops.

He said: “When you are released as a kid, you never think you will fight back to play for the best club in Scotland.

“But I always had belief that I could get to a level where I could be a full-time professional footballer.

“I went part-time with Alloa. After two seasons, I knew I could go to the highest level in Scotland.

“I had a great manager in Paul Hartley who pushed me every step of the way. Academy football is so cut-throat, a lot of youngsters are released because they don’t develop quickly enough.

“But the potential is still there. If you then go to the lower leagues and play, it makes a massive difference.

“I got to 100 games by the time I was 21 and it stood me in good stead. There are plenty other examples of boys who don’t reach their potential to 23 or 24.

“All you can do is get game-time, graft in a normal job, do the dirty work and then take your chance.

“I got the chance to go full-time with Dundee and I grasped it. I didn’t want to go back to working on a building site and training two nights a week.

“You appreciate football even more when you’ve been through that and I will never take anything for granted.”

Bain is expected to be back-up keeper to Craig Gordon again in tomorrow’s potential title decider against Neil Lennon’s Hibs at Easter Road.

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