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LENNY PRAISES ‘OUTSTANDING’ BAIN

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SCOTT BAIN has conceded only two goals in the 11 games since Neil Lennon’s return in February.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper has been in extraordinary form since taking over from Craig Gordon at the turn of the year.

Bain, who signed in the summer when his Dundee contract expired after an impressive six-month loan period,has had an incredible TWENTY-TWO clean sheets in his 26 domestic games during his Hoops breakthrough term.

The shotstopper, who has also taken over as the Scotland international No.1, has earned praise along with his fellow-defenders from the caretaker manager.

Lennon, speaking to the Celtic website, said: “It’s been a case of continuing what’s in place. I’ve had to rejig it a little bit with Dedryck Boyata being out and, at times,

“Kieran Tierney and Mikael Lustig have come back in and Jozo Simunovic’s come in and been a revelation for us. What you have is a very defensive unit.

“Added to that behind them is the goalkeeper who has been absolutely outstanding in all aspects of his game.

“We didn’t play that great the last time we were there, so we know we can play better. There’s nothing I can say on that other than we’re going there to win the game.”

Bain made his Hoops debut at Ibrox in March last year and made an astonishing save near the end when he saved a close-range effort from Alfredo Morelos from almost under the crossbar.

Tom Rogic, Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard gave the team a well-earned three points in a 3-2 victory with 10 men following Jozo Simunovic’s red card.

Steven Gerrard’s team are one only two teams to score against Bain when Ryan Kent rifled in a shot to equalise Edouard’s earlier effort six weeks ago. James Forrest hit the winner with four minutes to go.

The other goal conceded by the goalie came in Lennon’s first game back at Tynecastle in February when Hearts scored with a penalty-kick, but the Hoops still picked up three points with a stoppage-time effort from Edouard.

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