Celtic were swimming against the tide when they travelled to Valencia 2-0 down from the first leg of their Europa League last 32 clash last night.
But they didn’t let that affect their performance level, taking the game to their hosts at the Mestalla Stadium with a display that deserved more than the 1-0 defeat Kevin Gameiro’s second half goal ensured it got.
The dismissal of Jeremy Toljan in the first half made the task even harder and Scott Bain was called upon on a few occasions to keep his side in the tie.
Bain was among the most impressive performers on a night where Brendan Rodgers’ side got their pride back after a meek first leg performance, which ultimately cost them the tie, in truth.
Bain is a relative newbie to performing on such a big stage but he didn’t show it, with an impressive, composed performance in challenging circumstances.
Now Celtic are out of Europe, they can focus on their domestic endeavours and although their defensive options tend to be dwindling due to injuries at present, they will remain tight at the back if Bain keeps this form up…
Bain, Hayes, Ajer and Broony superb. Hard luck bhoys, very good performance. Not often i say about a euro away match.
— James McErlean (@jamesmcerlean12) February 21, 2019
Scott Bain, take a bow.
— MikeyD (@mikeybhoy01) February 21, 2019
Good Game from Celtic. MotM for me Bain.
— McCeltic1888 (@McCeltic1888) February 21, 2019
Come home with your heads held high you bhoys in green. Bain was outstanding 💚☘️
— michael mc devitt (@fubar04) February 21, 2019
Bain, Ajer and Hayes were big positives from tonight
— David (@davelav5) February 21, 2019
Top performance lads! Proud to be a Celtic fan! Proud of the team. Scotty Bain! MOTM!
— Kevin (@celtickev) February 21, 2019
What a save from Scott Bain 👏 https://t.co/XnuYbhGt0i
— Gemma ♥ (@gemmawoodxx) February 22, 2019
Scott Bain is my da
— niall (@niall_on_tour) February 22, 2019
Celtic looked good until the sending off god bless Scott Bain legend
— Sam (@Sam7521) February 22, 2019