Celtic bowed out of the Europa League on Thursday night against Valencia, but there were a number of positives for manager Brendan Rodgers to take home with him.
The Bhoys were beaten 1-0 on the night away to Valencia, who secured a 3-0 scoreline on aggregate over the two legs.
But the Scottish champions were far more competitive in the second leg against the La Liga side and had their chances in front of goal, despite their defender Jeremy Toljan being sent off in the first-half.
Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain certainly came out of the match with his head held high and it was a coming of age for him.
The 27-year-old made a number of top-class saves out in Spain and restricted Valencia to just the one goal on Thursday.
He was like a man possessed in-between the sticks and he certainly didn’t look out of place on the European stage, which is remarkable considering that the two-legged Valencia tie was his first experience at that level.
Bain has taken a significant step forward in his career by performing on the elite stage and it proves that he’s got the credentials to be the club’s genuine number one.
The one-time capped Scotland international has taken the gloves from Craig Gordon in recent games and it was justified against Valencia.
He has 13 clean sheets in his 16 games across all competitions Celtic, but it’s the defiant display out in Valencia that perhaps highlights his quality the most.
Bain now has every right to stay in goal for the rest of the season if he continues performing like he is and he should use his latest display as a catalyst.