SCOTT BAIN’S life has performed the perfect somersault after agreeing a four-year deal with Celtic.
The keeper looked to be heading for the soccer scrapheap after being frozen out by manager Neil McCann at Dundee.
However, his eleventh-hour loan switch to the champions in January – just after agreeing a move to Hibs – has sensationally turned things around.
And the 26-year-old shotstopper, who is likely to play against Aberdeen in the title party at Parkhead tomorrow afternoon, reflected on the mystery-shrouded fall-out at Dens Park and insisted “the two parties got what they deserved”.
Bain was dumped by McCann amid reports of a dressing room bust-up following a game against Hamilton Accies in October, but the former Scotland squad goalie has yet to speak out about the actual events.
He said: “I don’t think I’ll ever thank him [McCann] for what was going on,.
“The two parties probably got what they deserved out of what was going on at Dundee. Me sitting here and them finishing a mediocre season.
“I got a lot of support from the boys in the dressing room. Obviously, they know the full story of what went on. I can look back and have a laugh about it.
“The boys stuck by me, but you have to look at yourself and know that you are going to come through it. Like I said, all parties got what they deserved.”
Bain said: “It’s been a mad season. It happens all the time in football. I wouldn’t even call it a disagreement. I didn’t have a disagreement with anyone.
“But whatever went on, the manager wants you out of the door and wants you not to do well.
“You just have to stick by your guns and say you do not want to be treated that way.
“I knew something would come up in January. I knew with my ability that someone would want me as part of their team and I am grateful to Hibs that they wanted me and then again that Neil Lennon let me come and have this opportunity.
“The manager here has taken me to another level already with his backing, with his coaching and with his belief in me and knowing that I can come into this club and can do a job for him whenever I am called upon. With me being here for another four years, the only way is up for me.
“If you had told me at the start of the season that I was going to finish the season as a league winner and contributing, as little as it was to winning the league and potentially playing in a Scottish Cup Final, I would have said you were mad.
“But I think every game at this club is special. There are no easy games or games where you can take your foot off the gas because everyone wants to beat you. If I can play, it is going to be an amazing end to an amazing season, but, if not, it is a case of being there to push Craig on and push the rest of the team on.”
Bain, who made a dramatic debut in the 3-2 win at Ibrox in March, has played only six Premiership games which is not enough to qualify for a medal, but he added: “I will just be happy to enjoy tomorrow, something that I have never experienced before, whether a medal comes or not.
“Hopefully, there are four more years’ worth of medals to come.”
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