BRENDAN RODGERS heaped praise on Celtic new Bhoy Scott Bain after the champions’ 3-2 victory over Rangers at Ibrox this afternoon.

The goalkeeper, on loan from Dundee until the end of the season, made an unexpected appearance after Dorus de Vries had been ruled out with an ankle injury.

The 26-year-old shotstopper made some outstanding saves to help secure the three points for the Hoops as they went nine points clear at the top of the Premiership with a game in hand.

Rodgers said: “I’m delighted for Scott Bain. When we brought him in, he’s been absolutely brilliant in training, but, of course, for goalkeepers, it takes something to happen for them to get an opportunity.

“He didn’t have too much time to think about it. We gave him an idea last night that he might be playing before telling him this morning that his first game for Celtic would be against Rangers at Ibrox.

“I thought his performance showed his nerve, his calmness and his agility, particularly when he makes the save and gets up again for the second one when it comes off the post.”

Bain’s memorable moment came in the fading moments when he pushed away a low shot from Josh Windass and Alfredo Morelos followed up to hit the inside of the upright from close range.

The keeper grabbed the ball on the line to make certain the points were heading for Parkhead.

The Celtic boss also applauded the efforts of substitute Odsonne Edouard who claimed the winning goal.

With the score tied at 2-2 in the second-half, and the visitors down to 10 men following Jozo Simunovic’s red card before the hour mark, the Frenchman, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, curled in the third goal.

Rodgers said: “Edouard is one of the best young players I’ve worked with. He has everything, a good touch, speed, movement and work ethic.

“He has a natural inbuilt brain for football. I see it every day in training.

“He showed great composure to go on the inside and finish like that. It really endears himself to the supporters to score a goal like that.

“I’m delighted for him and I’m delighted for the team. There was a lot of talk before the game, but the guys kept their humility and came from behind twice to come up with a brilliant win.”

Graeme Murty’s men took the lead in the third minute through Josh Windass after an error from Dedryck Boyata, but Tom Rogic levelled shortly afterwards.

Daniel Candeias netted again for Rangers before Moussa Dembele levelled just before the interval.

Edouard, who came on for James Forrest in the 67th minute, had the final say two minutes later.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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