Celtic keeper Scott Bain out for two months with hand problem picked up in Cluj defeat


NEIL LENNON has been rocked by an injury to Scott Bain that could rule him out for up to two months.

The Celtic boss is now in the market for a goalkeeper as cover after Bain picked up a hand problem.

Scott Bain gestures to the Celtic bench against Cluj but finished the match despite his hand injury
Scott Bain gestures to the Celtic bench in the Champions League loss against Cluj but finished the match despite his hand injury
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Bain played all of the crushing Champions League defeat against CFR Cluj this week but the injury has emerged since.

Lennon will be forced into a change against Dunfermline at the weekend and has Craig Gordon as back-up.

Gordon has been on the bench this season with Bain, 27, starting all but one game for the Scottish champions.

Lennon also has youngster Conor Hazard in his squad but is in the market for experienced cover, with Bain’s injury expected to see him sidelined for eight weeks of the campaign.

Bournemouth’s former Liverpool and England Under-21 winger Jordan Ibe is a major loan target.

But Cherries chief Eddie Howe is unsure if he can spare the 23-year-old amid a mounting injury list at the Premier League club.

Meanwhile, Lennon is still smarting after a costly exit in the Champions League play-off round for the second season in a row.

Celtic twice blew a lead as they lost 4-3 at home against Romanians Cluj for a 5-4 aggregate loss.

Lennon said: “The goals we conceded are crazy… and it was almost as if we scored and wanted to switch off.

“We’ve only ourselves to blame. If you don’t do the basics defensively well enough then at this level you get punished.”



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