Scott Bain was arguably at fault for two of Sparta Prague’s four goals on Thursday night in the Europa League and both Pat Bonner and Chris Sutton have criticised the Celtic goalkeeper for his performance – as the Hoops crashed out.
Bain, 29, has now played Celtic’s last seven league and cup matches after coming in for summer signing Vasilis Barkas. In six of those seven matches, Celtic have failed to keep a clean sheet – conceding 16 goals, including eight to Sparta Prague.
Celtic took the lead through Odsonne Edouard on Thursday but Sparta came roaring back. A low cross for Sparta’s second was not cut out by Scotland international Bain, allowing Lukas Julis to tap home – though Kris Ajer is likely to also take blame.
With Celtic pushing to get back into the match, Bain came flying out and was rounded by Srdjan Plavsic, who managed to score. It was a poor performance by Bain, and both Sutton and ex-Celtic goalkeeper Bonner hammered the Hoops keeper.
“I thought the goalkeeper was hopeless for the second goal, and I don’t know what he was doing for the fourth. It summed up Celtic their performance and their season so far,” Sutton told BT Sport’s Europa League highlights show.
Bonner agreed with Sutton’s comments on Bain, saying on BBC Sport Live (19.43): “Celtic have lost the plot completely here. The one time Scott Bain is proactive tonight he’s left in no man’s land.
TBR’s view – Should Barkas come back in on Sunday?
Barkas was signed for a hefty transfer fee and while the 26-year-old summer signing was poor on a few instances, his stats can hardly be ignored. In his 14 Celtic outings so far, Barkas has conceded just 11 – keeping eight clean sheets.
That is a good start and the Greece international can find himself perhaps unfairly dropped from the starting XI. Bain, meanwhile, has one clean sheet in his last seven. Surely Lennon should do a u-turn, and bring Barkas back in?