Alex McLeish impressed by Scott Bain


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Scotland boss Alex McLeish admits he has been impressed by Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain after naming him in his latest squad.

Bain’s career has gone from strength to strength in the past 12 months, after going from back-up shot-stopper at Dundee to number one keeper at Celtic Park.

He has since played in Europe for the Hoops and his recent performances have been rewarded by a call up to the Scotland squad.

Bain has made 11 appearances in the Scottish Premiership this season but he may still not start in the Euro 2020 Qualifiers against Kazakhstan and San Marino. McLeish has called up Jordan Archer, Bain and Jon McLaughlin but he admits Bain has impressed of late.

“I am not going to make any decisions right now,” McLeish told the Herald Scotland.

“We have to wait and see how the players get on in their respective games coming up before we make any assessments.

“It was a while ago that I launched McGregor on his Rangers and Scotland career. Now there is a chance for another goalkeeper to have a career between the sticks with Scotland.

“Scott Bain is in a good position. He is in a good moment with Celtic. He is the No.1 choice in one of the top teams in Britain. He is going to make a really big challenge to guys who are a wee bit older than him and more experienced.

“He was very composed. He is obviously up there in terms of his intelligence. He is a modern goalkeeper, good with the ball at his feet. But one of our major concerns with a goalkeeper is ‘can he keep it out of the net?’ That is the thing for the guy who comes in next after McGregor.”

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